NASA Scientists Confirm Object That Flew By Earth is Old Rocket Booster

NASA Scientists Confirm Object That Flew By Earth is Old Rocket Booster

Not likely, though. NASA

NASA scientists were able to definitely prove what they already thought by comparing spectral data from another Centaur booster to 2020 SO … it’s just a Centaur rocket booster from Surveyor 2’s doomed mission to the moon in 1966. that it likely launched from Earth. Of course, scientists will be able to more closely observe the object as it approaches to determine exactly what it is … Originally Published — 11/30 3:58 PM PT and found they were consistent. Gallery

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Instead, CNEOS director Paul Chodas is on record saying he believes the object is the Centaur rocket booster from NASA’s failed Surveyor 2 lunar mission … which launched way back on September 20, 1966. 12/2/2020 10:42 AM PT

10:36 AM PT — It’s confirmed — the unknown mass that sped by our planet early Tuesday morning was not an asteroid, proof of alien life or anything else extraordinary … nobody’s sure what the heck it is. There’s a mysterious object hurtling toward Earth right now that will whiz past us early Tuesday morning, and in perfect 2020 fashion … Great work, everyone! However, scientists at NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) soon began to postulate it wasn’t an asteroid or even a “natural body” at all. and here’s to hoping it’s more exciting than a hunk of space junk. The object was discovered by the Pan-STARRS survey in Hawaii back in September, and initially, it was believed to be an asteroid measuring an estimated 15-33 feet across. Chodas used a bunch of computer science and math to track 2020 SO’s orbit backward to come to the conclusion … The unknown space mass has been dubbed “2020 SO,” and is set to fly by our planet at an extremely close, but safe, distance of 31,605 miles at 3:50 AM ET December 1.