Many have been circulating reports of a small celestial body approaching the planet in recent days, amid the belief that it is an asteroid that could collide with it, but “NASA” has confirmed that the matter is not true.
“NASA”, according to what was reported by the American network “Fox News”, that the object observed in Earth’s orbit is nothing but an old rocket launched into space in the 1960s, that is, more than half a century ago.
She explained that the rocket is an improved model that was used in spacecraft launch operations or was installed on those vehicles to give them momentum outside the Earth.
The improved Centaur rocket followed the Surveyor 2 spacecraft, which was launched towards the Moon in 1966, but the mission ended in failure because the spacecraft was destroyed immediately after landing on the Earth’s surface.
On Wednesday, the object reached the nearest point on Earth, at a distance of 50 thousand km, before it moved away, and “NASA” monitored the path of the rocket and documented it with video.
Press reports and social media leaders discussed the existence of the asteroid, and some called it “SO 2020”, which raised fears that it would cause a catastrophe if it collided with the Earth and increased its troubles this year.
“Because of the small size of the object, it was difficult to determine its characteristics,” said Vishnu Reddy, a professor and planetary scientist at the University of Arizona.
Reddy added that “with the help of an advanced telescope, we have obtained evidence that UFO SO 2020 is not an asteroid.”