More space junk falling to Earth

More space junk falling to Earth

More space junk falling to Earth

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March 27 2008 8:27 PM

More space junk falling to Earth

Funny coincidence-- a few days after a COPV (fuel tank) dropped from space onto Brazil, a story has surfaced that looks like exactly the same kind of object was found in Australia last year (there is a picture with the article, too).

The article claims (without cites) that it is from a US rocket launched in 1998. I'm not sure how they know that precisely, but I suppose the ground tracks of known re-entries narrowed it down. The tank was discovered in November, and the farmer who found it just started looking into the mystery, which is why the story popped up now.