A piece of space junk landed on a farm near Hanford, California, October 1 3, 2018.(California County Sheriff Office) California…
California residents were stunned to watch a bullet bullet shoot over the sky and fall at a nearby ranch last week. Videos of the bizarre vision spread rapidly over social media – with many wondering what the rubbish was and where exactly it came from.
The owner of the Ranch near Hanford discovered the large piece of metal in his walnut cultivation on October 13, warned local authorities. Detectives with the Kings County Sheriff Office followed several wirings, including the possibility that the object was related to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base several days earlier. SpaceX denied the garbage had something to do with the launch.
“I’m pretty sure not from us. The thoughts are too short, the lines look like different materials and it also looks like it went through an orbital reentry” a SpaceX vice president told Fox 26.
The European The space organization also told the news station that the item would not be from any of its launches from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, as it specifically sends items flying over bodies of water to prevent junk from entering communities.
After almost a week of looking for clues, officials finally got an answer.
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Vandenberg Air Force Base told the Kings County Sheriff’s deputies that the item was probably a fuel tank separated from a communications satellite owned by Iridium, a satellite communications company. The company confirmed to officials the item was actually from one of their satellites launched in space in the late 1990s and slowly reintegrated into the Earth’s atmosphere, the sheriff office said in a statement to Fox News.
“The purpose of this thought was to store fuel used to exchange satellite orbits in space,” said the Kings County Sheriff Office.
Iridium said the thought must be investigated before officially confirming that it belongs to the decades of satellite.
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“We need to see it. We can never be 100 percent safe,” said Jordan Hassin to Fresno Bee and Allow it to have several satellites in terrain.
According to Hassin, this is the first rubbish reported from the satellite after it once again entered the Earth’s atmosphere.