Huge piece of space junk from Elon Musk’s SpaceX lands on farm in southern New South Wales

Huge chunk of space junk from Elon Musk’s SpaceX torpedoes on Australian farmer’s property – but it could end up being a VERY lucrative find

  • A three-meter piece of space junk lands on a farm in the Snowy Mountains, NSW
  • Mick Miners located the object after his daughters heard a loud bang
  • ANU space expert Brad Tucker has been called in to investigate the find
  • He said it was part of a capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft
  • The large piece of scrap had been floating in space since November 2020

A huge piece of space debris from an Elon Musk-piloted SpaceX spacecraft has torpedoed a farmer’s property in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales.

The three-meter object – a piece of a SpaceX Crew-1 craft – was discovered stuck in the ground on a property south of Jindabyne, after farmer Mick Miners went to investigate a loud bang that was heard by his daughters.

Australian National University space expert Brad Tucker told radio host Ben Fordham he had been called in to investigate the discovery.

“It’s most definitely space junk that was part of the SpaceX Crew-1 vault,” he said on Ben Fordham Live Monday morning.

“SpaceX has this capsule that takes humans into space but there’s a lower part…so when the astronauts come back they leave the lower part in space before the capsule lands.”

Farmer Mick Miners (pictured) discovered the huge piece of space junk stuck on his property in the Snowy Mountains, south of Jindabyne

Australian National University space expert Brad Tucker confirmed he was part of Elon Musk's SpaceX Crew-1 (pictured)

Australian National University space expert Brad Tucker confirmed he was part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 (pictured)

Mr Tucker said the piece had been in space since November 2020 and was beginning to de-orbit.

“There was a plan to bring it down to Earth and deliberately hit Earth’s atmosphere so that it would break up and land in the ocean,” he said.

It is understood that swathes of people in southern New South Wales saw an explosion and heard the loud bang as it crashed into Mr Miners’ farm.

“We saw most of the pieces land in the ocean, but clearly some didn’t because this three-meter piece was blasted into the ground from space,” Tucker said. .

He said the object landed far from Mr. Miners’ house, which is why it took some time to locate it.

“From a distance it almost looks like a tree, like a burnt tree, and then you get closer and realize ‘hey, that’s not right,'” Mr Tucker said.

Mr. Miners neighbor Jock also had space junk on his property.

“The Australian Space Agency is dealing with it now because there’s actually a legal protocol…so technically it’s still SpaceX,” Tucker said.

The Australian Space Agency is now handling the recovery of the junk - a piece of a Crew-1 spacecraft (pictured) piloted by Elon Musk's SpaceX

The Australian Space Agency is now handling the recovery of the junk – a piece of a Crew-1 spacecraft (pictured) piloted by Elon Musk’s SpaceX

“We guess they don’t want to get it back because the goal was to crash into the ocean.”

“Now if SpaceX says they want it back, well, they basically have to pay Mick and Jock to get it all back.

“However, if they are able to keep it, they have the option of donating it to a museum or selling it on eBay.”

Mr. Tucker said there would be a lot of people who would like to recover space junk.

“They get a small sum for all the trouble they’ve been through,” he said.

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