Space Junk Collides With Moon

Photo: NASA [via the Wall Street Journal]

The Facts

  • A piece of space debris is believed to have crashed into the far-side of the moon on Friday, just before 7:26 a.m. EST, according to an analysis of its trajectory.

  • It was expected to create a 65-ft wide crater, but this hasn't been confirmed yet as it cannot be viewed with Earth-based telescopes.

The Spin

Narrative A

Near-Earth space contains lots of dangerous junk, which must be cleaned up and regulated. The US, Russia, and China need to tackle this together.

Narrative B

Space junk is an issue, but this collision has a benefit! Astronomers will get a rare glimpse into what lies just below the lunar surface now that the wayward rocket has crashed.

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