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Part of SpaceX spacecraft crashes into Australian farm

Part of a SpaceX Crew-1 capsule fell into a sheep pen in Dalgety, a remote village in New South Wales, Australia.

Remake of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Authorities confirmed on Thursday that the charred space debris found in Australia in a sheep pen by a rancher came from a SpaceX mission. A piece of metal believed to have fallen on July 9 was discovered last week in Dalgety, a remote village in New South Wales about five hours southwest of Sydney.

“It was both exciting and bizarre,” Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist who visited the site after being contacted by local farmers in July, told AFP. He said that finding the item buried in an empty field reminded him of Stanley Kubrick’s famous sci-fi movie.

The Australian Space Agency confirmed in a press release that the debris came from one of the missions carried out by Space X, which is owned by multi-billionaire Elon Musk. “The agency has confirmed that this is the wreckage of the SpaceX mission,” a spokesman for the Australian Space Agency said.

“We must understand that there is a likely risk that this will affect the settlement”

Mr. Tucker said the piece of metal was part of a part dropped by the Crew-1 capsule during its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere in 2021. Other space debris has also been found nearby, and it is possible that they have a link to the SpaceX mission.

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