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Fake asteroid? NASA expert identifies mystery object as old rocket – ABC News

The jig may be up for an “asteroid” expected to get nabbed by Earth’s gravity and become a mini-moon next month.

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The jig may be up for an “asteroid” expected to get nabbed by Earth’s gravity and become a mini-moon next month.Key points:

  • The newly discovered object appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission
  • It is estimated to be roughly 8 meters long based on its brightness consistent with a Centaur rocket stage
  • As the object gets closer, astronomers should be able to better chart its orbit

Instead of a cosmic rock, the newly discovered object appea…

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