Tonnes of space junk to crash on moon, see its impact
New Delhi : Tonnes of space junk created by a rocket made by China will be crashing on the moon. It is expected to create a huge dust cloud ranging in kilometres from the site of impact.
However, it may take weeks or months for scientists to actually analyze the impact through satellite images.
The space junk has been created by China’s lunar exploration programme from 2014; interestingly, Beijing has denied the responsibility of the rocket.
The incident is being seen as a great moment of study by the scientists as it may help in understanding them about the formation of craters on moon, which are plenty in numbers.
Moon has very less to no atmosphere, hence no resistance against the crashing meteors and asteroids. Since there is no atmosphere, there is no erosion and the craters last forever.
Spacecraft have been intentionally crashed into the moon before for scientific purposes, such as during the Apollo missions to test seismometers, but this is the first unintended collision to be detected.