‘Space junk’ that collided with the moon is evidence that it is the wreckage of a Chinese rocket

A double crater created from space debris that collided with the moon on March 4 / NASA

[인사이트] Reporter Na-young Kim = Evidence emerged that the wreckage of a rocket that crashed into the moon in March was space debris created by China.

On the 24th (local time), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released evidence that can infer the nationality of the space debris that recently crashed on the moon.

Earlier, on March 4, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) photographed and transmitted a crater caused by a space debris crash found on the far side of the moon.

NASA released the photo on its website saying, “LRO has found a rocket wreckage crater near Hertzsprung Crater on the far side of the moon.”

InsightPre- and post-collision photos taken on February 28 and May 21 / NASA

According to NASA, it is predicted that the crater was formed on March 4 at 9:25 pm when a rocket weighing 3 tons collided at a speed of 9,300 km/h.

In the photo actually released, two craters about 18m and 16m wide overlap each other.

“No other rocket body that has crashed on the moon has ever produced a double crater like this,” NASA explained.

A number of foreign media outlets reported that NASA’s announcement suggested that the rocket wreckage responsible for the recently discovered double crater on the moon was not theirs.

InsightThe crater on the lunar surface during the Apollo collision in the 1970s / NASA

Initially, American astronomer Dr. Bill Gray analyzed that the rocket debris was part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida in 2015.

However, after re-analyzing the data, Dr. Bill Gray re-announced that the crater was a Chinese Chang’e-5-T1 booster launched in 2014.

In addition, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) claimed that “the Chinese rocket part was identified in the light reflected from the paint while observing the space debris through the telescope.”

However, in response to this analysis, the Chinese side said, “The claims made by the United States are not true.

On the other hand, this double crater is a naturally occurring event, unlike humankind’s intentional impact of some rockets on the moon in the past.

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