China on Monday denied responsibility for a part of a rocket called Long March 3C that will hit the moon.
At first, astronomers thought the skewed body was a piece of a SpaceX rocketwhat or what It exploded seven years ago And left in space after the end of his mission.
As reported about three weeks ago, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be around Of course a collision with the moonAfter spending nearly seven years wandering in space.
Observers believe that the rocket – with a mass of about four tons – should hit the moon quickly 2.58 km/s in a matter of weeks.
but according to space.comAnd the Bill GrayNow announced, the astronomer responsible for detecting the impending collision They made a mistake By locating the body on a collision course as part of the Falcon 9 rocket that helped launch the satellite DSCOVR Deep Climate Observatory 2015.
Now believed to be space debris be real The second stage of the Long March 3C rocket, which launched the Chang’e 5-T1 mission in 2014, as part of lunar exploration program Chinese space agency. The rocket is expected to collide with the moon on March 4.
But the Chinese Foreign Ministry claim denied On Monday, saying that the debris in question had “safely entered Earth’s atmosphere and was completely incinerated”.
Beijing “means long-term sustainability Spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press conference.
China has set itself the goal of becoming Super Space Force And it took a historic step last year by launching the longest manned mission to its new space station.
The world’s second largest economy has invested billions in a space program led by the military and hopes to send humans to the moon.
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