A piece of space junk from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 craft recently crash-landed on a farmer’s property in Australia after it launched into space in November 2020.
The family of farmer Mick Miners were alerted to the arrival of the object after they heard a loud bang coming from a sheep paddock on their property in the Snowy Mountains.
Miners said the junk, which measured about three metres in length, looked like a tree from a distance, but after closer inspection, the authorities called Australian National University space expert Brad Tucker to inspect the strange find.
“SpaceX has this capsule that takes humans into space, but there is a bottom part… so when the astronauts come back, they leave the bottom part in space before the capsule lands,” he explained.
Residents living in southern New South Wales also reported hearing a large bang when the object crashed to earth, with some even claiming they had seen an explosion when it hit the ground.
A neighbouring farmer, Jock Wallace, also found a similar foreign object had crash-landed on his own farm as well, though thankfully neither his home nor Miners’ were damaged in the incidents.
The arrival of the space junk comes as the Crew-1 craft begins its deorbit after almost two years in space. Most space debris is intended to break apart or is originally planned to land in the ocean.
Errol Musk, the father of tech billionaire Elon Musk, said that he is not proud of his son, saying that Elon is unhappy with his own career progress.
During an interview with the Australian radio The Kyle and Jackie O Show, 76-year-old was asked if he was proud of Elon’s accomplishments.
“No. You know, we are a family that has been doing a lot of things for a long time, it is not as if we suddenly started doing something,” Errol replied.
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