Farmer finds piece of charred space debris, possibly from a SpaceX rocket

A piece of space junk crashed into a canola field shows a farmer dollar signs and hockey sticks.

Near Ituna, a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada, Barry Sawchuk and his son were “driving around just checking the fields to see where we could start sowing” when the two weighed about 70 pounds and Discovered a 2.5 meter wide charred piece of metal. and fiber.

“Originally we thought it was trash until we got closer,” Sawchuk said CBC. On second thought, “we immediately said it was space junk, but everyone got a chuckle out of it.”

Regina University astronomy professor Samantha Lawler, who studies how planetary orbits evolve over time, traced the debris to a SpaceX rocket return in February, CBC wrote on Wednesday. SpaceX, the Canadian Space Agency and NASA did not immediately respond PopSci's requests for comment on the debris and its possible connection to the private space company.

[ Related: Yes, a chunk of the space station crashed into a house in Florida ]

Although the discovery is somewhat new today, space debris, including dead satellites, spent rocket boosters and jettisoned equipment, is rapidly piling up in low Earth orbit. There are 36,500 debris objects larger than 10 cm in our orbit European Space Agency estimates.

It's “basically just luck” that the object ended up on a family farm in rural Canada, rather than in a more densely populated area, Lawler told CBC. “If that had happened in the middle of Regina, or [New York City], it could very easily have killed someone,” the professor said. The site of the discovery is about a three-hour drive north of the North Dakota border.

In March, a smaller piece of orbital debris tore through the roof of a house in Naples, FL. That particular piece came from the International Space Station, NASA said a month later. The agency originally expected the hardware, a cargo pallet containing outdated batteries, “to burn up completely during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere,” NASA said. Instead, it penetrated a ceiling and “almost hit my son,” homeowner Alejandro Otero told Florida broadcaster WINK News.

[ Related: How harpoons, magnets, and ion blasts could help us clean up space junk ]

“It's not unusual for these things to survive and make it to the surface,” Moriba Jah, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, told PopSci in April. Although such objects tend to land in the ocean, Jah said that “statistically [space debris] will kill someone at some point.

Unharmed and wearing a reflective safety vest and work boots, Sawchuk offered a tour of the suspected SpaceX object a video interview above.

The farmer turned the piece over as the webbed fibers audibly crunched and pointed to an assembled cylinder and layers of tissue. “Whether this is insulation, I have no idea. Don't build spaceships for a living. I farm,” he added.

Sawchuk said he is interested in selling the discovery and donating some of the money locally.

“Here in Ituna, Saskatchewan, we are in the process of building one [hockey] rink,” Sawchuk told CBC. “If I can, I'm going to sell it, and some of the proceeds will go to the rink.”

It's not clear whether Sawchuk would face legal hurdles if he tried to sell the rubble. So far, no company or agency has publicly claimed ownership of the rubble.

For example, if the object was owned by NASA, the US would consider it state property. “You don't have the luxury of trying to sell [such objects] on eBay,” former NASA chief scientist Nick Johnson told the Space Artifacts site Gather space in 2021.

In 1999, eBay removed what appeared to be “a piece of heat shield tile” from the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Gather space. In 2003, eBay withdrew listings of alleged Columbia shuttle debris.
But while eBay has a history of taking government space debris, smaller items like alleged SpaceX heat shield tiles and tile fragments, currently multiplying on the auction sitereportedly sold in the thousands.

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