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SpaceX rocket falsely accused of being on course to hit the moon

It has been more than a month since astrophysicists have been predicting that a rocket is on a collision course with the moon. Earlier, it was thought to be SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster, but recent reports have claimed that it may be a different rocket.

A number of reports had earlier claimed that Falcon 9 booster, a rocket launched by Elon Musk-owned SpaceX seven years ago, was set to hit the moon. He had even received much flak for failing to dispose of the debris post launch.

Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at Harvard University, had earlier said that the collision will not be massive and that it “will not be a big deal.”

A Space.com report had claimed that the rocket in question is probably a Chinese rocket stage that was launched into space in 2014. It stated that a piece of China’s Chang’e 5-T1 is set to hit the moon on March 4 at around 12:25 UTC.

However, China has rejected all such reports stating that it was not possible since the Chang’e 5-T1 upper stage had burned up completely in Earth’s atmosphere. Astronomer Bill Gray, who had made both the predictions, has said that he does not buy China’s claims.