Space junk on a 5,800-mph collision course with moon on Friday
The moon is about to get walloped by 3 tons of space junk, a punch that will carve out a crater big enough to fit several semitractor-trailers.
The leftover rocket will smash into the far side of the moon Friday while traveling at 5,800 miles per hour. The impact will occur away from telescopes’ prying eyes, and it may take weeks — even months — to confirm it through satellite images.
Experts say the rocket has been tumbling haphazardly through space since China launched it nearly a decade ago. But Chinese officials are dubious it’s theirs.
No matter whose it is, scientists expect the object to carve out a hole 33 feet to 66 feet across and send moon dust flying hundreds of miles across the barren, pockmarked surface.
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