Sep 24, 2020
A new mini moon is about to join Earths orbit. It could be a booster rocket from the 60s
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A mini moon enters Earth’s orbit and is about 27,000 miles away.
However, more than just a few asteroids orbiting Earth, it may actually be some old space debris that went back to our planet.
Dr. Paul Sodas, director of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Research, believes the object, named Asteroid 2020 SO, is an old booster rocket from the 1960s.
“I suspect this newly discovered object 2020 SO is an old rocket booster because it follows an orbit about the Sun, which is very similar to Earth, almost round, in the same plane, and slightly farther away from the Sun at its farthest distance,” Sodas told CNN. .N.
“This is a rocket position separated from a lunar mission, which will follow as it passes through the moon and escapes into orbit about the sun. It is unlikely that an asteroid would have formed in such an orbit, but it is impossible.”
Sodas analyzed the asteroid’s motion backwards, attempting to link it to any known lunar mission launch, and found that it was “close to Earth in late 1966”.
He said it was related to the introduction of Surveyor 2 on September 20, 1966. Sodas said the mission was designed to make a smooth landing on the moon, but a failed spacecraft crashed. The Centaur rocket used to enhance the spacecraft that passed the moon went into orbit near the sun and was never seen again, Sodas suspects until now.
The object is likely to enter distant orbit around the Earth in late November, and if it were an asteroid it would be considered a mini moon. However, if this is a booster rocket as Sodas suspects, it could be another space debris floating around in space.
“In a month or 2020 SO we will get a clue as to whether or not a rocket is really a body, because we need to start detecting the effect of sunlight pressure on the motion of this object: if it is actually a rocket the body will be much less dense than an asteroid, and smaller due to sunlight The pressure will make a significant difference in its movement, which we can detect in the tracking data, ”Sodas said.
Long-lost rocket positions are rarely caught in orbit around the Sun, and this is the second event captured from a rocket-level orbit.
Sodas said Saturn V may have been above Apollo 12 in 2002, the only time this happened.READ Nreal Mild blended fact glasses start in Korea with the Galaxy Notice 20
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MODEL Bella Hadid’s a star in stripes sheltering from a rainstorm under a see-through umbrella.
Bella, 24, in a dark and light blue banded mini-dress, was caught in the downpour on a Michael Kors photoshoot in New York this week.6Bella Hadid sheltered from a rainstorm under a see-through umbrellaCredit: BackGrid 6The model was shooting for Michael Kors in New YorkCredit: BackGrid
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A source confirmed the new man in Bella's life to Page Six, with the insider revealing that Duke recently visited the 24-year-old in New York.
The two even reportedly celebrated Bella's recent birthday together before she headed for an all-girls island getaway vacation with her close friends.
Bella documented her birthday celebration trip on Instagram with a series of shots of the group on a private plane and showing off their bikini bodies by the beach.
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The pair have reportedly been together for at least the last month.
This would not be Bella's first high-profile relationship as she was previously in a relationship with popular singer The Weeknd, 30.
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