The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral (Florida) on February 11, 2015. It carried the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a $340 million instrument, into space.
Space observers are now focused on the final outcome of DSCOVR’s Falcon 9 rocket launch to orbit.
Gray stated that additional observations in the next month will “refine the prediction” as well as “bring down the uncertainty greatly.”
NASA did not immediately comment on the situation.
The March 4 impact likely won’t be observed in real-time, since it will occur on the far side of the moon
McDowell stated that “This isn’t a SpaceX mistake” – it’s a perfectly normal practice to abandon stuff deep orbit – McDowell said that McDowell didn’t think any space agency cares about abandoning stuff beyond the Moon.
“The traffic in deep space is growing.” He wrote that it is not only the USA and USSR that are sending stuff into deep space. It’s also many other countries and commercial companies such as SpaceX. “So, I believe it’s high time that the world gets serious about cataloging and regulating deep space activity.”