Rocket debris found on Australian farmland was from SpaceX mission, agency confirms | world news

Experts have confirmed that the debris found in New South Wales came from a craft built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.

Australian officials have also warned people “not to attempt” to handle any other debris that may have come from the craft, amid forecasts that more objects “may still be found”.

Two farmers discovered what appeared to be space gear strewn about in their sheep pens.

The Australian Space Agency (ASA) has confirmed that the debris in the Snowy Mountains came from a SpaceX mission after conducting a review, ABC reported.

Two pieces have been analyzed while experts are also aware of the discovery of a third object in the area.

The ASA said it had “confirmed that the debris came from a SpaceX mission and continues to engage with our counterparts in the United States” as well as other authorities “as appropriate.”

A spokesperson added: “The agency operates under the Australian Government’s Space Debris Reentry Plan which outlines the roles and responsibilities of key Australian Government agencies and committees in supporting the reentry debris response. in the space.

“If the community spots any other suspicious debris, they should not attempt to handle or recover it.”

Photo: Brad Tucker

People were asked to contact a SpaceX debris hotline or email

Dr Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist at the Australian National University, told Sky News ahead of ASA confirmation how he thought the debris was from a SpaceX capsule.

“Upon inspection, you can see burning patterns,” said Dr Tucker, who added that the “composition of the object matches that of space equipment.”

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