Elon Musk is publicly SHAMED by a reporter after huge pieces of junk from his SpaceX capsule torpedo onto Aussie farmer’s property
- ABC reporter Adriane Reardon called out Elon Musk and his team on Twitter
- Her appeal was in response to a huge piece of space junk landing on NSW farm
- Farmer Mick Miners located the object after his daughters heard a loud bang
- ANU space expert Brad Tucker was called out to investigate the discovery
- He said it was part of a capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft
- The large piece of junk had been floating in space since November, 2020
Farmer Mick Miners, who owns property south of Jindabyne, in NSW’s Snowy Mountains region, was shocked this week to find pieces of space junk littered across fields.
On Wednesday, ABC reporter Adriane Reardon called out Musk, a billionaire through his Tesla and SpaceX ventures, on Twitter, calling on him to come and clean up his mess.
Ms Reardon asked if anyone from Musk’s team was coming forward to collect the pieces of debris that had fallen.
ABC reporter Adriane Reardon (left) called out Elon Musk (right) after pieces of space junk from his SpaceX spacecraft had landed on farmland in the Snowy Mountains in NSW
On Tuesday, ABC reporter Adriane Reardon put out a statement on Twitter (pictured), questioning whether Elon Musk will take action
Farmer Mick Miners (pictured) discovered the huge piece of space junk stuck in his property in the Snowy Mountains, south of Jindabyne
The three-metre piece of junk – a section from Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 craft – was discovered speared into the ground after Mr Miners went to investigate a loud bang that was heard by his daughters.
Australian National University space expert Brad Tucker told radio host Ben Fordham he was called out to investigate the discovery.
‘This is most definitely space junk which was part of the SpaceX Crew-1 trunk,’ he said on Ben Fordham Live on Monday morning.
‘SpaceX has this capsule that takes humans into space but there is a bottom part… so when the astronauts come back, they leave the bottom part in space before the capsule lands.’
Mr Tucker said the part has been in space since November 2020 and was starting to de-orbit.
‘There was a plan of having it come down on Earth and purposely hitting the Earth’s atmosphere so it would break apart and land in the ocean,’ he said.
It’s understood swathes of people across southern NSW saw an explosion and heard the loud bang when it crashed into Mr Miners’ farm.
‘We saw most pieces land in the ocean but clearly some hadn’t because this three-metre piece was speared into the ground from space,’ Mr Tucker said.
He said the object had landed a long way from Mr Miners’ home, which was why it took some time to actually locate it.
‘From a distance it looks like a tree almost, like a burnt tree, and then you get closer and you realise ‘hey that’s not right’,’ Mr Tucker said.
Australian National University space expert Brad Tucker confirmed it was part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew-1 (pictured)
Mr Miners’ neighbour Jock also had a piece of space junk on his property.
‘The Australian Space Agency is now handling it because there is actually a legal protocol… so technically it’s still SpaceX’s,’ Mr Tucker said.
‘We assume they don’t want it back because the whole point was to break in the ocean.
‘Now if SpaceX said they want it back, well then they have to essentially pay Mick and Jock to get it all back.
‘However, if they are able to keep it, they have options including giving it to a museum, selling it on eBay.’
Mr Tucker said there would be plenty people who would like to collect the space junk.
‘They get a little tidy sum for all the trouble they have been put through,’ he said.
The Australian Space Agency is now handling the recovery of the junk – a piece of a Crew-1 spacecraft (pictured) flown by Elon Musk’s SpaceX