Anubis17_76 OP t1_j2dlh2z wrote

yes and no, NASA tracks a whole bunch of space debris (this one is designated J002E3) so probably not. but its predicted to eventually crash into either the moon or the earth, where due to higher speed and different angle, it might actually not break up and be a nonissue like the upper stages from previous Apollo Missions :)


Anubis17_76 OP t1_j2dl3ex wrote

no its just in an unstable orbit, so it flies around the earth a bit, until it dips over the L1 point(where the Suns gravity outweighs the earths, so it leaves for a sun orbit) and then it returns back to earth orbit after a few laps round the sun. heres an animation: