In Australia found the wreckage of the spacecraft Crew Dragon (2 photos + video)

The wreckage was discovered by South AustraliansSpaceX spacecraft scattered across the countryside. Debris fell to Earth on July 9, but a farmer living near Dalgety, New South Wales, did not discover one until weeks later.

The largest chip with a height of 3 m can be acceptedfor the skeleton of a withered tree, as it entered the ground vertically. Two similar fragments of slightly smaller sizes were also found. Representatives of the Australian space agency who arrived on the scene confirmed that these were fragments of a SpaceX spacecraft, most of which burned up during a fall in dense layers of the atmosphere. In early July, local residents heard a loud bang in the sky. According to experts, the cotton was associated with the entry into the Earth's atmosphere of the cargo compartment of the Crew Dragon comic ship of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission, in which SpaceX delivered astronauts to the ISS for the first time. The spacecraft was launched on November 16, 2020 and remained on the station until May 2021.

This assumption was confirmed bySpaceX visiting the crash site in Australia. “We have received reports of (falling) debris from the cargo bay,” Benjamin Reed, senior director of the SpaceX manned space flight program, explained to reporters the purpose of the company’s arrival in Australia during the NASA Crew-5 press briefing on August 4.

It is reported that this is the largest fragment of a spacecraft found in Australia since 1979, when fragments of the NASA Skylab space station fell in the southwest of Western Australia.

The fall of fragments of SpaceX spacecraft to Earth has been recorded before. In April 2021, debris from the second stage of a Falcon 9 rocket hit a farm in Washington.

Source: extremetech