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The Mysterious Return Of NASA's Centaur Rocket

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At the end of 2020, astronomers discovered an object heading towards Earth with some unusual characteristics. After further analysis, this object seemed to be an old rocket booster from the 60’s making a surprise return to Earth. This video looks at how scientists used spectroscopy to identify this object.
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Written and edited by Ewan Cunningham ( ewan_cee)
Narrated by: Beau Stucki


  1. tuna mayo

    tuna mayo

    Prieš 3 dienas

    when you click "Space Center" instead of "Revert to Vehicle Assembly"

  2. 62cripple


    Prieš 7 dienų

    Boost Mcboosty....

  3. Wayne G

    Wayne G

    Prieš 8 dienų

    I've often thought upon hearing the weather report, that one day they will also give a falling object report. "rest of today, continued cold, rainy, with a 50% chance of falling centaur booster west of HWY 64"

  4. DaSkyTheCommunist


    Prieš 9 dienų

    Plot twist: when they scanned the 1971 booster the telescope actually locked onto object 2020

  5. Flak153


    Prieš 9 dienų

    STEAM because artists really hate being reminded about how worthless they are to society

  6. J C

    J C

    Prieš 11 dienų

    whats funny is nasa knew this mysterious object was headed our way... and told knowone¿

  7. JJSmith Lago

    JJSmith Lago

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  8. Might Machines

    Might Machines

    Prieš 12 dienų

    Great, 2020 is coming back in the future. Can we rename it?

  9. ImpaledBerry


    Prieš 14 dienų

    i want to be on earth when the roadster flies by

  10. 0623kaboom


    Prieš 15 dienų

    240 empty boosters floating around the earth ... instant building materials for the ISS ... and they still send stuff up from earth ... go catch the the space junk and reuse that put it in a better place and make use of it ... great place to store ... manouver fuel refueling for space ships ... more oxygen water etc ... you literally have ready made pressure vessels ... already in orbit

  11. David Stewart

    David Stewart

    Prieš 16 dienų

    Knowing we have an advanced level of technology is one thing; to have this kind of detailed explanation is a whole order of magnitude of greater understanding. I am amazed. Great video.

  12. Milky Knots

    Milky Knots

    Prieš 18 dienų

    Humans will soon destruct this planet including the solar system

  13. Dominic Laconi

    Dominic Laconi

    Prieš 21 dieną

    now i understand the david bowie song starman

  14. Ethan Forsyth

    Ethan Forsyth

    Prieš 24 dienas

    Haha we have found the cesslar syndrome cure

  15. Jessie James

    Jessie James

    Prieš 26 dienų

    I don't understand how the paint job on the Car in orbit, can withstand 1000 degrees in the sunlight for that long . The tires too. They should be melted right off of the car by now...

  16. Jessie James

    Jessie James

    Prieš 26 dienų

    We need the Mach 5 in outer space !

  17. Jessie James

    Jessie James

    Prieš 26 dienų

    -Putting a Car into orbit..??! Are you kidding me..?? ...That's the stuff dreams are made of !!

  18. Jessie James

    Jessie James

    Prieš 26 dienų

    If that car ever makes it safely back to Earth, it will be worth..beyond any fortune .



    Prieš 26 dienų

    Just putting it out there...

  20. ifu


    Prieš 26 dienų

    what goes up must come down

  21. Louie Louie

    Louie Louie

    Prieš 26 dienų

    The Borg tried to assimilate it but it wasn't worthy.

  22. Vanger


    Prieš 28 dienų

    Is like "who cares what's that small object, maybe some rocket" - "no we have to find out if it's 100% Centaur rocket, challenge accepted" lol.

  23. Eric Jay

    Eric Jay

    Prieš mėn

    How many miles on the roadster? YES.

  24. Gary Rossman

    Gary Rossman

    Prieš mėn

    Don't wait. Go get it and see what it can tell us.----speed zones in space, etc.



    Prieš mėn

    Really? It's got "NASA" in big ol' letters painted on the side of it???

  26. Todd Fenton

    Todd Fenton

    Prieš mėn

    Thanks for the Shitty Bills Gates commercial telling us “since we must be carbon neutral by 2050. “. Ass

    • It is good day to be not dead.

      It is good day to be not dead.

      Prieš mėn


  27. melon husk

    melon husk

    Prieš mėn

    why am I picturing star man with a grey sitting shotgun beside him?

  28. Esteban We don’t need no stinking badges

    Esteban We don’t need no stinking badges

    Prieš mėn

    They can’t spend the rest of their lives in space because it’s not living🥴

  29. Salvatore UR

    Salvatore UR

    Prieš mėn

    The dispensable editor thankfully spot because squirrel immunohistochemically box atop a maddening discovery. white, wretched cotton

  30. hamster


    Prieš mėn

    sus the object

  31. will2see


    Prieš mėn


  32. Corazon del Oro

    Corazon del Oro

    Prieš mėn

    "Astroforensics: Forensics in Space" Okay, now say it in that haunting Space Ghost, Saturday-morning-cartoon voice. Boom! Edutainment for the kiddies. Or, say it straight, and you've got the ultimate evolution of CSI, Star Trek and Alien. Fricking box-office platinum!

  33. Tom Hargett

    Tom Hargett

    Prieš mėn

    Be weird if it had alien writing on it with a hand flipping us off with the bird .....!!!

  34. MrTryAnotherOne


    Prieš mėn

    Several million years from now object '2020 SO' will enter another star system where it will become known as 1l/'Omuamua or something similiar.

  35. Ashiqur Rahman

    Ashiqur Rahman

    Prieš mėn

    The accuracy of those instruments always blows my mind!

  36. Mohit Joshi

    Mohit Joshi

    Prieš mėn

    Make more vedios like this

  37. Brooke King

    Brooke King

    Prieš mėn

    I wondered how exactly astronomers and other scientists figured out 2020 SO was a Centaur booster and that particular one. Cool video. One nitpick: The animations were good, but the red NASA “worm” logo came into use nearly a decade after that Centaur launched.

  38. Da Potato

    Da Potato

    Prieš mėn

    United 8s

  39. Stardust Chimp

    Stardust Chimp

    Prieš mėn

    Everyone gangsta till aliens trick our infrared signals.

  40. Re Ous

    Re Ous

    Prieš mėn

    plot twist: its an failed alien spaceship trying to replicate the centaur rocket

  41. Sir Bader

    Sir Bader

    Prieš mėn

    Are planets _not_ solid objects?

  42. JSB103


    Prieš mėn

    A question, Primal Space: As more and more countries and private companies engage in space activity, is there any research being done to address the space debris problem? Thank you very much in advance for any reply.

  43. iPeter


    Prieš mėn

    Cutting edge....It has an 8track player

  44. Deploracle


    Prieš mėn

    Nothing ever leaves the solar system because there is no limit to how far the influence of our sun's gravity extends. The Voyagers will be back too, some day.

  45. Jim Halpert from The Office

    Jim Halpert from The Office

    Prieš mėn

    That's cool you added an Office clip in there.

  46. Dark Aster

    Dark Aster

    Prieš mėn

    Aliens officially issue several hundred tickets for littering.

  47. wartooth 88

    wartooth 88

    Prieš mėn

    Voyager has not yet left our solar system and won't for a few hundred years. It may not be able to get past the Ort cloud barrier.

    • wartooth 88

      wartooth 88

      Prieš 26 dienų

      Hey jack?! Jack?! do know how big our home system is really right? jack?

    • wartooth 88

      wartooth 88

      Prieš 26 dienų

      @Jack Whitlock so jack? Do you retract your previous statement upon researching it?

    • wartooth 88

      wartooth 88

      Prieš 27 dienų

      @Jack Whitlock no it's still within the confines and won't pass out of the Oort cloud for quite awhile. It left the heliosphere but won't make it to another star system for thousands of years. Check NASA mission status on the main website.

    • Jack Whitlock

      Jack Whitlock

      Prieš 27 dienų

      Voyager 1 left the solar system in August 2012

  48. Micah Kelly

    Micah Kelly

    Prieš mėn

    Wow what a waste of time and resources! WHO CARES IF IT'S A PIECE OF SPACE GARBAGE!?? SMH

  49. enoughmonster


    Prieš mėn

    Every space video I see so special never get I enough to take in. Simple days I watch and listen to rock music and imagine I fly. Rock bands like deltaparole tool foofighters nirvana and other.

  50. misoan


    Prieš mėn

    Incredible story and amazing what scientists are able to do, locating tiny fragments in space. I can't even find a my keys most days. Love your videos.

  51. Ascendant Indigo

    Ascendant Indigo

    Prieš mėn

    American Annual Budget : MARS EXPLORATION = 9 trillion dollars and some odd "cents" ][ OCEANIC POLLUTION REMOVAL = 0 dollars and zero "sense" whatsoever ][ NASA just confirmed the "dirt" really is "red" on Mars, Now let's get these filthy oceans cleaned up before we spend another penny fiddling around with "Dark Matter for the Greys"...

  52. Jorge Jorhoe

    Jorge Jorhoe

    Prieš mėn

    Why not launch a probe that's just to get data on as many UFOs out there as possible?

  53. Unca Boat

    Unca Boat

    Prieš mėn

    It occurs to me that we have got way too much junk in orbit, most of which could have been cleaned up with a small firecracker on the side triggered to go off at just the right time to move it into a downward spiraling orbit. The atmosphere would burn up all the trash. Just takes a little foresight.

  54. J P

    J P

    Prieš mėn

    I'm so sick is youtube commercials, they are worse than tv

  55. Mark Beyea

    Mark Beyea

    Prieš mėn

    No need for detailed science project kits. Give kids a stick, a bag of dirt clods and a magnifying glass. They will learn to destroy things all on their own.

  56. Mark Beyea

    Mark Beyea

    Prieš mėn

    What was that Starman bullshit at the beginning of the video?

  57. Tom Bruner

    Tom Bruner

    Prieš mėn

    Vintage 301 stainless steel: the best-understood material in space.

  58. JC


    Prieš mėn

    "...out there doing laps around the sun.." 😂😂😂

  59. LenardTzy


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  60. Vladimir Vasilenko

    Vladimir Vasilenko

    Prieš mėn

    When it sees the world in 2021, the booster will be like “screw it! I’m going back to space”.

  61. Arnie Tapp

    Arnie Tapp

    Prieš mėn

    So when are the Voyagers coming back ?

  62. captnron59 Ron

    captnron59 Ron

    Prieš mėn

    When man manages to collect all his debris from space, then it can be said that he has conquered space.

  63. Rudds


    Prieš mėn

    Oh. I thought you meant like it re-entered the atmosphere or Earth's orbit.

  64. Mark Arandjus

    Mark Arandjus

    Prieš mėn

    Alien 1: There's no way we can get this probe to fly by Earth without them noticing. Alien 2: I got an idea. Alien 1: Yeah, what? Alien 2: You just get me some 301 stainless steel, I'll take care of it.

  65. Eye In The Sky

    Eye In The Sky

    Prieš mėn

    Aliens: sir we found this useless material around here Alien boss: send it back where it belongs...

  66. deltavee2


    Prieš mėn

    I don't think that bottle rocket experiment will go over well in the apartment O\o

  67. cheap monks

    cheap monks

    Prieš mėn

    Teach the next generation? Sorry but the next generation are focused on Tiktok, gender studies and Marxist ideology.

  68. The SS of Fruits and Nuts

    The SS of Fruits and Nuts

    Prieš mėn

    So the closer you get to the sun it becomes a light breeze? I am out

  69. Ronnie Flex

    Ronnie Flex

    Prieš mėn

    Circles around the earth? ?? If this really was true. had pictures for us... Lmao..."in this day and age "... We got the most powerful cameras in space to see this object. ...don't we ??? Or is hubble and all not real and lol do we live on a flat earth?

  70. Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    Prieš mėn

    Not only have we trashed the earth we obviously are on track to turn the solar system into a landfill

  71. JC


    Prieš mėn

    Wow. That thing took off 25 yrs before I was born. Exactly 25 years.

  72. Dean The Dream

    Dean The Dream

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  73. Sue Campbell

    Sue Campbell

    Prieš mėn

    WHO sent the Centaur back--that is the question ;) hahahahaha

  74. Jade Lee

    Jade Lee

    Prieš mėn

    Why can't we grab our used rocket objects from space and bring it back to earth for scrap???

  75. Carol


    Prieš mėn

    just tell us the truth that Aliens return the booster back to us it probably was in there space when they found it and they return it back to us. They dont want junk in there space

  76. Jimmie Dean

    Jimmie Dean

    Prieš mėn

    All sats will eventually fall back to earth. Just like the previous civilizations sats did. We will be just another layer. Nothing new.

  77. Polar9K


    Prieš mėn

    Do a video about why SN10 exploded after landing

  78. Khalid


    Prieš mėn

    That we* humans could never imagine. These objects aren't alive so they can't spend the "rest of their lives" in space. It chaps my ass when people try so hard to sound intelligent but really aren't.

  79. Mike G.

    Mike G.

    Prieš mėn

    So did someone out there throw it back because it was a useless commodity?

  80. Let's Assume

    Let's Assume

    Prieš mėn

    Leave it to SpaceX lol Great videos!

  81. Ray Crow

    Ray Crow

    Prieš mėn

    Minus 250 in dark space.. plus 250 in the sun. Why didn't the tesla seats and dash board boil?

  82. Radicool Gaming

    Radicool Gaming

    Prieš mėn

    It just came back to take us apes to the moon

  83. Bob Sagit

    Bob Sagit

    Prieš mėn

    Fake news

  84. Wilshare


    Prieš mėn

    ╰(★‿★) :。・:*:・゚’★,。・:*:♪・゚’☆ I imagine DAVID BOWIE - STARMAN PLAYING - IS IN THAT RED TESLA 🚗 💨:。・:*:・゚’★,。・:*:♪・゚’☆

  85. Trevor Avrett

    Trevor Avrett

    Prieš mėn

    Hmm. Maybe someday well upcycle these empty metal bins floating around earth as additions to colonization or space station infrastructure. If I'm not mistaken, raw metal automatically friction welds together in the vacuum of space. They're already in space! Consider that free shipping of materials like boosters and sheet steel

  86. Zane Daewoo

    Zane Daewoo

    Prieš mėn

    Fake news

  87. Avus95


    Prieš mėn

    Since when did STEM become "STEAM"...? "Science, Technology, Engineering, *Art*, and Math" (one of these things does not belong with the others...)

  88. Todd Packer

    Todd Packer

    Prieš mėn

    Yeah. I've seen Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I am NOT down with this return.

  89. ray Nic

    ray Nic

    Prieš mėn

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't Starman be highly degraded do to radiation and UV exposure. Anything that isn't metal will be gone...

  90. SoftwareEffect1


    Prieš mėn

    Some klingon will shoot it down for target practice

  91. Low Tech

    Low Tech

    Prieš mėn

    Sadly, by the time 2085 gets here wf will have destroyed everything.

  92. michael jeltema

    michael jeltema

    Prieš mėn

    Not STEAM, it's STEM

  93. Adam


    Prieš mėn

    Thank You for calling out STEAM instead of STEM. Arts are just as important and can actually improve the others as they improve each other.

  94. colliecandle


    Prieš mėn

    Every word of this shit is a LIE ! How can people not see this ?

  95. acolit1


    Prieš mėn

    Could you imagine years from now aliens show up and fine us for littering

  96. Strange


    Prieš mėn

    Tesla website be like: Roadster Ranger:150000000km per charge

  97. winterwolf2012


    Prieš mėn

    Long live the dome Earth.

  98. Thomas Joyce

    Thomas Joyce

    Prieš mėn

    The real mystery is: who painted the 1975 NASA insignia on it?

  99. Bill Rayvan

    Bill Rayvan

    Prieš mėn

    Spaceship hoaxes

  100. Fruitcake Drifter

    Fruitcake Drifter

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    NASA is the entertainment division of the CIA