A huge piece of space junk from Elon Musk’s SpaceX torpedo has turned up on an Aussie farmer’s property – but it could be a very lucrative find
- A three-metre-by-metre area of debris fell on a farm in Snowy Mountain, NSW
- Mick Miners located the object after his daughters heard a loud explosion
- ANU space expert Brad Tucker was called in to investigate the discovery
- He said it was part of a capsule of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft
- The large piece of junk has been floating in space since November 2020
The three-metre object – a piece of a SpaceX Crew-1 craft – was discovered lodged in the ground on a property south of Jindabyne, when farmer Mick Miners went to investigate a loud explosion his daughters had heard.
Australian National University space expert Brad Tucker told radio host Ben Fordham that he was called in to investigate the discovery.
‘This is definitely space junk that was part of the SpaceX Crew-1 trunk,’ he said on Ben Fordham Live on Monday morning.
‘SpaceX has this capsule that takes people into space but the bottom is there… so when the astronauts come back, they leave the bottom in space before the capsule lands.’
Farmer Mick Myners (pictured) discovered a huge chunk of space junk stuck on his property in the Snowy Mountains south of Jindabyne
Australian National University space expert Brad Tucker confirmed it was part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 (pictured)
Mr Tucker said the segment has been in space since November 2020 and is beginning de-orbit.
‘It was a plan to come down to Earth and purposefully hit the Earth’s atmosphere so it would break up and land in the ocean,’ he said.
It is understood scores of people across southern NSW saw an explosion and heard a loud explosion as it crashed into Mr Miners’ farm.
‘We’ve seen most of the pieces fall into the sea but obviously nothing because this three meter piece fell to the ground from space,’ Mr Tucker said.
He said the object landed far from Mr Miners’ home, which is why it took some time to find it.
‘From a distance it almost looks like a tree, like a burnt tree, and then you get closer and you realize “Hey it’s not right”,’ Mr Tucker said.
Mr. Miners’ neighbor Jock also had a piece of space junk on his property.
“The Australian Space Agency is handling it now because there’s actually a legal protocol… so technically it’s still SpaceX,” Mr Tucker said.
The Australian Space Agency is now handling the recovery of junk – a piece from a Crew-1 spacecraft (pictured) flown by Elon Musk’s SpaceX
‘We assume they don’t want it back because the whole point was to break into the sea.
‘Now if SpaceX says they want it back, they must pay Mick and Jock.
‘However, if they are able to keep it, they have options including giving it to a museum, selling it on eBay.’
Mr. Tucker said there will be plenty of people who want to collect space junk.
‘They get a tidy little sum for all the trouble they’ve gone through,’ he said.