A rocket out of Elon Musk’s control is set to crash into the moon – sparking fears it will disfigure his familiar face.
The Falcon 9 probe entered a “chaotic orbit” after controllers failed to bring it back.
It’s currently racing through space at 6,000mph in a direct collision with the moon. It was scheduled to strike at 12:15 on 4 March.
Experts say a school bus-sized piece of space junk could cause a massive shock wave, beat Man on the Moon Crater models have looked down at Earth for billions of years.
Dr Franck Marchis, senior astronomer at the US SETI Institute, said people would consider the impact a “sudden explosion” in the sky.
He added: “It would be very sad if this impact changed the famous ‘face’ that looked down upon the planet forever.”
The rocket was launched in 2015 by the 50-year-old businessman Muskof the SpaceX company.
It put the climate observatory DSCOVR into orbit a million miles above Earth. Then it’s meant to fly back and burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.
The ancient Romans believed that the face in moon of a man banished for stealing a sheep.
Medieval Christians suggest that it was Cain who was exiled there for the murder of his brother Abel. The Jews believe it is the image of Jacob.
David Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at the Open University, points out that Falcon 9 is not sterile.
“What we should be worried about is contaminating the moon with living microorganisms,” he said.
“It would not be right to put another ecosystem at risk by introducing organisms from Earth.”
https://www.the-sun.com/tech/4616715/elon-musk-space-x-rocket-crash-moon/ Elon Musk’s Space X rocket loses control as it prepares to crash into the moon, sparking fears it will disfigure his familiar face