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Cosmic Commotion: Canadian Farmer Discovers Space Debris in Field

Out of the Blue: Saskatchewan Farmer Discovers Space Debris in Field
Source: MEGA

Canadian farmer was shocked to find space debris on his farmland.

May 17 2024, Published 9:04 a.m. ET

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A farmer from Saskatchewan replaced seeding and tending to his fields with contemplating the mysteries of outer space.

The usual daily routine of 66-year-old Barry Sawchuk recently took an unexpected turn when he stumbled upon a sizable piece of debris in his farmland.

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Perplexed by the discovery, Sawchuk said the space junk resembled a charred fragment composed of carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb and bore little resemblance to anything familiar on his property.

Upon closer inspection, Sawchuk and his sons speculated about the origins of the object, eventually concluding that it likely descended from above.

Amused by the unusual find, they shared their story with a local newspaper,

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Photos of the debris eventually caught the attention of Samantha Lawler, an astronomy professor at the University of Regina, who confirmed its extraterrestrial origin.

Further analysis by astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell revealed a probable connection to a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, which had returned from a mission to the International Space Station months prior.

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While SpaceX remained silent on the matter, investigations by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada ruled out any terrestrial explanations for the debris. Lawler highlighted the growing prevalence of space junk, citing previous incidents in Australia and Washington State.

Concerned about the escalating presence of satellites and their impact on astronomy and atmospheric chemistry, Lawler emphasized the need for better monitoring and regulation of space debris.

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