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El cohete que impactará la luna fue construido por China, no por SpaceX

By Jordi Bou

March 4, 2022 - Un cohete chino gastado – que inicialmente se identificó erróneamente con un acelerador de SpaceX – está en curso de colisión con la luna, primera vez queun trozo de “basura espacial” chocará no intencionalmente en la superficie lunar.

Bill Gray, an astronomer and the developer of the asteroid tracking software Project Pluto, initially identified the errant space junk as the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket.

But after reassessing the data, Gray believes that the booster for the rocket stage of a Long March 3C rocket is the object set to to smash into the moon traveling at roughly 9,288km/h on March 4.

The Chinese Chang’e 5-T1 mission launched in October 2014 on a Long March 3C rocket. The launch time and lunar trajectory are almost an exact match for the orbit of the object that will hit the Moon in March.

Gray says the rocket would hit the moon in the 520km-wide Hertzsprung crater, on the far side of the moon, at a velocity of 9,288km/hr.

Observation of the subsurface material ejected by the collision could provide valuable scientific data.

PUBLISHED: 16/02/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: NASA