Everyone knows Earth has just one true Moon. You can see it most nights if you happen to have clear skies above your head, and it usually looks pretty neat. However, there are tons of smaller natural objects orbiting Earth that aren’t big enough to be considered moons but are hanging around anyway. They’re sometimes referred to as mini-moons, and a new one is headed our way. That is unless it’s just a piece of space trash.
The object, which has been given the designation Asteroid 2020 SO, is expected to enter orbit around Earth as it passes with 27,000 miles of our planets. Unfortunately, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s not an asteroid at all, but rather a piece of old rocket technology that is coming back to haunt us.
So how old is the rocket stage? It’s likely from the 1960s, Chodas believes. More specifically, based on the analysis of past lunar mission launches, he believes it to be a booster that was shot into space in 1966. The mission was supposed to send a lander, the Surveyor 2, to the lunar surface, but it crashed instead. Now, it seems, its booster is back to remind NASA of the misstep…Read more>>