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China Now Blamed for Rocket That Will Crash into The Moon

The 4-ton piece of space junk is expected to leave a rather large crater on the lunar surface.

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Come March, skywatchers could have quite the unique event to witness, but the origin of the occurrence is still up in the air.

On March 4th, just a few paltry weeks away, a 4-ton piece of space junk is set to smash into the moon, leaving a large crater.  At first, those who had been tracking the object believed that it could be from one of SpaceX’s earlier launches, but now experts are suggesting that the massive terrestrial object actually belongs to China.

The massive rocket speeding through space on a collision course with the moon does not belong to SpaceX despite earlier reports and likely belongs to a spacecraft launched by China in 2014, according to a report on Saturday.

Ars Technica first reported on the mystery object discovered by Bill Gray, the developer of the astronomical software called Project Pluto. The report said Gray updated his website Saturday to show the correction after being flagged by a NASA engineer who questioned his earlier claim.

Gray said he checked his data and said there is “good evidence” that the object is a Chinese Chang’e 5-T1 rocket stage that was launched in October 2014. The earlier theory was that the object was SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket’s upper stage, which launched on Feb. 11, 2015.

The software developer has a fairly keen sense of when the event will occur.

Gray wrote on his website that the object will “still hit the moon within a few kilometers of the predicted spot on 2022 March 4 at 12:25 UTC, within a few seconds of the predicted time.”

The impact of the enormous bit of debris will leave a crater that is at least 65 feet in diameter.

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A Political Cartoon By A.F. Branco Exclusively for Flag and Cross ©2022

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See more A.F. Branco cartoons on his website Comically Incorrect.

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US Air Force Reveals Successful Hypersonic Missile Test

This could put the US back in the driver’s seat as far as missile tech goes.

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Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles.

The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them).

Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious.

The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week.

UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound.

The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said.

“This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement.

“The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.”

The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.

 

Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles. The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them). Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious. The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week. UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound. The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said. “This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement. “The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.” The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.  

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