Rocket Debris Said to Hit the Moon

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Tyler Duffey, Staff Reporter

On March 3rd, 2022, a part of a rocket was seen heading right towards the moon. This is the first manmade object to ever hit the moon unintentionally.  This event is one that could become a more common one with the increase of space exploration and expansion, humans as a whole are sending spacecrafts up at a large amount. This event does not pose any direct harm to Earth, but it does give us a warning of what is to come if we are not careful.

The piece of the rocket in question is thought to be from a Chinese spacecraft. This rocket is moving at speeds of 5,800 miles per hour. A piece of metal this big and moving that fast will cause some damage. More than a dozen rockets have intentionally crashed into the moon since we began space exploration. The moon is not protected by a thick atmosphere like Earth is, so the Moon is getting beat up constantly from space.

Moriba Jah is an aerospace engineer at the University of Texas Austin and chief scientist at Privateer, a company aimed at tracking space debris. He has concluded that 90% of what is tracked in space, is dead and uncontrollable space debris. 50,000 pieces of space debris out there and only 5,000 are operational. “I don’t think we’ll have any affects from this. In the future however, I think this could be a rising issue.” Camden Moore (9). Scientists are saying we’ve already polluted or waters, now we are moving to the skies. There isn’t anything we can do about this because it is controlled by NASA, its not something civilians can control or help. “I’m not concerned about this; the Moon gets hit often so I don’t see why this will be any different.” Max Cass (12).