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‘Alien-like’ debris from Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket falls back to Earth after a botched landing attempt

HUGE chunks of rocket debris have been uncovered in Australia which authorities say belong to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Charred bits of space junk were found strewn about a sheep farm, to the shock of locals.

Found charred pieces on the farm

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Found charred pieces on the farmPhoto credit: Reuters/Brad Tucker

The scrap metal is believed to have been flung back to Earth on July 9 following one of SpaceX’s most recent missions.

Farmer Mick Miners of Jindabyne, New South Wales found lumps on his land.

And locals claim they heard a loud bang in the Snowy Mountains area, about a five-hour drive southwest of Sydney.

The Australian Space Agency has pointed the finger at SpaceX and raised the issue internationally.

Astrophysicist Brad Tucker, who visited the site, compared it to something from the sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“It was kind of exciting and weird at the same time,” he told AFP.

“It’s amazing to see.”

The expert said the piece was part of a fuselage ejected from the earlier Crew 1 capsule when it reentered Earth’s atmosphere in 2021.

Locals have been told to expect to encounter more of the same.

Most of the space debris spurts out of the danger zone into the sea, but increasing interest in space makes more crashes on land possible.

“We need to be aware that there is a likely risk of it once striking a populated area and what that means,” he added.

A spokesman for the Australian Space Agency said: “The agency has confirmed that the debris originated from a SpaceX mission and is continuing to work with our colleagues in the US, as well as other parts of the Commonwealth and local authorities as appropriate.”

The debris finds come as massive chunks of charred metal believed to have come from a crashed rocket owned by China were also recently found on land, just meters from people’s homes.

The Australian Space Agency said the metal came from a SpaceX mission

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The Australian Space Agency said the metal came from a SpaceX missionPhoto credit: Reuters/Brad Tucker

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