A rocket that is on course to crash into the Moon in March is reportedly not a SpaceX craft, as previously thought. Bill Gray, the creator of the Guide astronomy software used to monitor near- Earth objects, said last week that he believed a SpaceX rocket launched seven years ago would "certain[ly] impact" the Moon on 4 March. But in a new update, Mr Gray now says that he believes the craft is an old Chinese rocket from the Chang'e 5-T1 Moon mission in 2014. It was originally thought to be the second stage of the NOAA 's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCVR) spacecraft. Jon Giorgini, from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, first alerted Mr Gray to the issue, pointing out that the trajectory for DSCVR did not go close to the Moon. It would therefore be peculiar for the rocket that carried it to space to do so. Mr Gray found that, two days after DSCOVR's launch, an object that may have been an asteroid or comet with the temporary name of WE0913A had gone past the Moon – with he and others accepting the identification as the second stage of the DSCOVR. Mr Gray said he had "pretty good circumstantial… Read full this story
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