A piece of rocket debris is believed to have hit the moon.
Astronomers believe the piece of the rocket, which experts said originated in China, hit the lunar surface in the early hours of March 4.
We won’t know it hit the moon for sure until two lunar satellites pass over the potential impact site.
These satellites can photograph any crater resulting from the impact
The rocket was heading toward hitting the dark side of the moon, so “live” coverage of the event wasn’t possible.
However, experts have now created a physics-based simulation video showing how the accident most likely happened.
the video Posted on YouTube by AGI, Ansys Company.
The caption simply states: “Broad alternative display of the Chang’e effect enhanced with the Moon (sic) on March 4, 2022.”
The Rocket part was first spotted by Bill Gray, who writes Popular Project Pluto برنامج To track near-Earth objects.
He stated that the scrap was a SpaceX The Falcon 9 upper stage was launched from Florida by Team Elon Musk in February 2015.
However, Bell later retracted his claim and said that the missile part most likely belonged to him China.
China has since denied the accusation despite the general consensus that the missile piece is the third stage of a Long March 3C missile.
This missile was used to launch China’s Chang’e 5-T1 vehicle in October 2014.
The rocket’s debris has orbited intermittently between Earth and the Moon ever since.
The AGI simulation video shows how the collapse would have been strong enough to produce a crater on the moon’s surface.
The researchers used software called the Systems Toolkit (STK) and Orbit Definition Toolkit (ODTK), which defense agencies have previously used to simulate missions.
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