. 24/7 Space News .
SpaceX to crash Falcon 9 rocket into Moon
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 26, 2022

stock image only

SpaceX launched its first deep-space mission in February 2015. The uncrewed Falcon 9 transported the refrigerator-sized Deep Space Climate Observatory into the void. However, because it doesn't have enough fuel to return to Earth and land on a floating platform as planned, the rocket will instead be ploughed into the Moon.

In a first, a Space X rocket that has been navigating deep space since 2015 is expected to be crash-landed on the Moon on 4 March.

The Falcon 9's second stage is about four metric tonnes and it should impact the Moon at an expected velocity of about 2.58 km/s.

Bill Gray, the creator of the Guide astrometry software, said that after its February perigee - the point in the orbit of the Moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the Earth - Falcon 9 will travel "to a point almost twice as far away as the Moon" before pausing and returning to crash into the far side of the Moon.

"With all the data, we've got a certain impact at 2022 4 March 12:25:39 latitude +4.93, east longitude 233.20, plus or minus a few seconds and a few kilometres," Gray said.

Professional and amateur astronomers use Gray's Guide astrometry software to track near-Earth objects, asteroids, minor planets, and comets.

Sky observers say they would like to determine the impact location as precisely as possible so that NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Indian Space Research Organisation's Chandrayaan-2 can find the crater and photograph it.

"If we can tell the LRO and/or Chandrayaan folks exactly where the crater is, they'll eventually pass over that spot and be able to see a very fresh impact crater and probably learn something about the geology (well, selenology) of that part of the moon," Gray concluded.

Scientists have been observing the Moon's surface to understand the presence of ice at the lunar poles for a long time. The Falcon 9 rocket strike could provide some valuable data about the subsurface material of the Moon.

SpaceX launched the rocket in February 2015 and placed the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite at the Sun-Earth L1 Lagrangian point, which is about 1.5 million kilometres away from the Earth.

Source: RIA Novosti

Related Links
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

paypal only
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal

SpaceX ISS freighter splashes down off Florida
Washington DC (UPI) Jan 24, 2021
A SpaceX Dragon capsule that had transported supplies and experiments to the International Space Station splashed down along the coast of Florida on Monday afternoon. The capsule's four main parachutes were deployed shortly after 4 p.m. EST, and splashdown was confirmed two minutes later, the company said. The freighter delivered some 4,900 pounds of science experiments and station hardware for analysis and inspection. It brought back science experiments, as well. The spacecraft w ... read more

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

US undermines safety of Russian cosmonaut's at ISS by denying visa, Roscosmos says

NASA Solar Sail Mission to Chase Tiny Asteroid After Artemis I Launch

NASA Offers $1 Million for Innovative Systems to Feed Tomorrow's Astronauts

Five Space Station Research Results Contributing to Deep Space Exploration

SpaceX to crash Falcon 9 rocket into Moon

China tests new engine, 'likely to power hypersonic aircraft'

NASA prepares final rocket tests for first Artemis moon mission launch

SpaceX ISS freighter splashes down off Florida

SwRI scientist helps confirm liquid water beneath Mars south polar cap

Sols 3362-3363: Sedimentologist's Delight

New control technique uses solar panels to reach desired Mars orbit

Sols 3367-3368: The Prow to take another bow

China's rocket technology hits the ski slopes

China conducts its first rocket launch of 2022

Shouzhou XIII crew finishes cargo spacecraft, space station docking test

China to complete building of space station in 2022

OneWeb and Hughes to bring orbital broadband service to India

EU launches 'game changer' space startup fund

Summit to ignite Europe's bold space ambitions

Advances in Space Transportation Systems Transforming Space Coast

China satellite in close encounter with Russian debris: state media

A new language for quantum computing

Future trillion dollar 'space economy' threatened by debris, WVU researcher says

China releases new-generation spacecraft OS

A planetary dynamical crime scene at 14 Herculis

TESS Science Office at MIT hits milestone of 5,000 exoplanet candidates

Scientists are a step closer to finding planets like Earth

Ironing out the interiors of exoplanets

Oxygen ions in Jupiter's innermost radiation belts

Ocean Physics Explain Cyclones on Jupiter

Looking Back, Looking Forward To New Horizons

Testing radar to peer into Jupiter's moons

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.