Huge piece of space junk from Elon Musk’s SpaceX torpedoes to an Australian farmer’s property – but could become a very profitable find
- A three-meter piece of space junk arrives on a farm in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
- Mick Miners found the body after his daughters heard a loud bang
- ANU space expert Brad Tucker has been called in to investigate the discovery
- He said it was part of a capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft
- The big piece of trash has been floating in space since November 2020
A huge piece of space junk has been blown up from a spacecraft launched by Elon Musk on a farm property in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.
The three-meter-long object – a piece of the SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft – was discovered speared in the ground on a property south of Jindabyne, after farmer Mick Miners went to investigate a loud explosion heard by his daughters.
Brad Tucker, a space expert at the Australian National University, told radio host Ben Fordham he was called in to investigate the discovery.
“This is definitely space junk that was part of the SpaceX Crew-1 box,” he said on Ben Fordham Live Monday morning.
SpaceX has this capsule that takes humans into space but there is a bottom…so when the astronauts return, they leave the bottom portion in space before the capsule lands.
Farmer Mick Miners (pictured) has discovered a huge piece of space junk stuck on his property in the Snowy Mountains, south of Jindabyn.
Australian National University aerospace expert Brad Tucker confirmed it was part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 (pictured)
Tucker said the segment has been in space since November 2020 and has begun de-orbiting.
“There was a plan to drop it on the ground and deliberately hit the Earth’s atmosphere so that it would disintegrate and land in the ocean,” he said.
It is understood that large numbers of people across southern New South Wales experienced an explosion and heard a loud bang when it crashed into Mr. Miners’ farm.
“We’ve seen most of the pieces land in the ocean, but apparently some didn’t because this three-meter-high piece was thrown into Earth from space,” Tucker said.
He said that the object had landed far from the home of Mr. Mainers, which was why it took him some time to actually locate it.
“From a distance it almost looks like a tree, like a burning tree,” said Mr. Tucker, “and then you come close and you realize ‘Hey, that’s not right.’”
Mr. Miners’ neighbor jock had a piece of junk space on his property.
“The Australian Space Agency is dealing with it now because there is already a legal protocol in place … so technically it is still SpaceX,” Tucker said.
The Australian Space Agency is now dealing with garbage recovery – a piece of the Crew-1 spacecraft (pictured) piloted by Elon Musk’s SpaceX
We’re assuming they didn’t want to bring it back because the whole goal was to break through the ocean.
Now if SpaceX says they want to get it back, well, they have to pay Mick and Jock to get it all back.
However, if they can keep it, they have options including giving it to a museum and selling it on eBay.
Mr. Tucker said there will be a lot of people who want to collect space junk.
“They get a small amount for all the trouble they’ve been through,” he said.