THE BLAME game about a rogue rocket part slated to hit the Moon got a boost after China said it was NOT theirs.
The dead backup shards were originally supposed to belong to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
However, the space tracker behind it seems to have been mistaken and has now pointed its finger at China.
It is believed to be an old rocket part from a mission to the moon from 2014.
Astronomer Bill Gray’s claim was later supported by Nasa and other experts.
They believe it is actually from China’s Chang’e 5-T1 mission, which was used to test technology to bring samples back to the Moon.
It is expected to cause a fatal crash on March 4.
But China has not.
“According to China’s supervision, the upper stage of the Chang’e-5 mission rocket safely fell through the Earth’s atmosphere and was completely burned up,” said Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. China said.
However, experts found that China was referring to the Chang’e-5 mission, not the similarly named Chang’e 5-T1 mission at its heart – both are completely different. .
So now astronomer Gray believes the country has taken on two “mixed” missions.
What the confusion suggests, he argues, is a need for better tracking of deep space junk.
“Many other spacecraft are entering high orbit and some of them will send crews to the Moon,” Gray said.
“Such rubbish would no longer be a nuisance to a small group of astronomers.
“A few fairly simple steps will help a bit.”
Currently, many people firmly believe that the space debris originated from China and will wait and see how it will turn out on March 4.
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