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Moon mystery: Who launched the rocket that will slam into the lunar far side?

There’s an ongoing saga about the object that will smash into the far side of the moon early next month.

First thought to be the upper stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched the DSCOVR Earth-observation spacecraft in February 2015, it was then tagged as a leftover from the launch of China’s Chang’e 5-T1 lunar mission in 2014. During a press briefing on Feb. 21, however, China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that cannot be the case, as the Chang’e 5-T1 upper stage burned up completely in Earth’s atmosphere shortly after liftoff.

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