SpaceX debris discovered in Aussie sheep paddock

An “astounding” piece of space junk, confirmed to be from one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX missions, was found near Australia’s Snowy Mountains.

Last week, an Aussie farmer discovered a large piece of SpaceX junk, sticking out of the ground in a sheep paddock in Dalgety; an isolated area near Australia’s Snowy Mountains, roughly five hours out of Sydney.

The fallen debris has since been confirmed by the Australian Space Agency to be an aftermath of one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX missions. According to a statement by astrophysicist, Brad Tucker, “It was kind of exciting and weird all in the same way.” 

Australian Space Agency
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As per reports by AFP, Brad Tucker went to the paddock where the debris was sighted, after being contacted by local farmers in the area. Following analysis, the debris is believed to have crashed down to earth on Saturday, July 9.

Since reports of additional space junk were reported at other nearby properties, it is speculated that a larger piece of debris was split up upon entry into the earth.

Tucker said the large block of space debris embedded in the paddock is reminiscent of something you’d see in the 1968 sci-fi film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. He added, “It’s astounding to see it.”

Once the Australian Space Agency confirmed the debris had come from one of Musk’s SpaceX missions, a spokesperson for the organisation made the following statement: “The Agency has confirmed the debris is from a SpaceX mission and continues to engage with our counterparts in the US, as well as other parts of the Commonwealth and local authorities as appropriate.”