After the first reports about the feared impact of a SpaceXrocket on the moon, the US space agency NASA has corrected its information: A new analysis has shown that it is probably part of an old Chinese rocket. It’s probably about a “Chang’e 5-T1 booster” that was launched from Earth into space in 2014.
This closed NASA’s orbits of the object in 2016 and 2017, it said. Impact on the far side of the moon is expected on March 4th.
The US space agency had previously announced that it assumed that a “Falcon 9” rocket stage of SpaceX could collide with the moon in early March. The rocket was launched in 2015 from the Cape Canaveral spaceport, but the rocket stage did not have enough fuel to return to earth, which is why it has been in space ever since (eXXpress reported).