A large piece of rocket space debris has landed in Australia

Newsweek reports that “a huge piece of space junk appears to have fallen from the sky and landed on a sheep farm in Australia.”

On July 9, residents of the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales heard a bang, ABC Australia reported. It was heard for miles, from people as far afield as Albury, Wagga Wagga and Canberra… Sheep farmer Mick Miners then came across a strange, charred object on his ranch, south of Jindabyne, the July 25. I don’t know what to think, I had no idea what it was,” Miners told ABC Australia.

He found the 10 foot piece of metal stuck in the ground in a remote part of his sheep pen.

He was not the only one. His neighbor, Jock Wallace also found strange debris in the area. “I didn’t hear the bang, but my girls said it was really loud,” Wallace told ABC. “I think it’s a hassle, it just fell from the sky. If it landed on your house it would be a hell of a mess.”

Serial numbers were noted on the charred debris. Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist at the Australian National University College of Science, told ABC News that the debris likely came from the trunk section of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. The spacecraft was launched in 2020 and the debris may have fallen during its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.

Tucker told ABC it may be the biggest space junk to fall in Australia in decades – the last time was in 1979, when NASA’s Skylab space station fell in Western Australia.
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