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SpaceX Falcon 9 “Space Mouse” Explained

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SpaceX launched the manned SpaceX Dragon capsule on Sunday, May 31st 2020. Online spectators are seeing a mouse crawling around the expansion nozzle. Is this about a mouse on the Falcon 9 rocket?

[fa class=”far fa-times-circle fa-5x”] False, we do not see a mouse near the expansion nozzle of the Falcon 9 rocket but a by-product of leaking liquid oxygen. The Merlin is developed by SpaceX and liquid oxygen next to Kerosene (RP-1) are used as propellants. The white clumps can also be seen during the 2019 CRS-19 mission on the Merlin and in 2017 during the SpaceX Dragon mission. This is known as the Leidenfrost effect.

“Looks like a MOUSE hitchhiked a ride on Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket launch today,” says a Twitter user. In the video below, a large audience of people claims the white sliding clump is a mouse.

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Dragon/CRS-19

In the 2017 SpaceX Dragon mission and the CRS-19 Mission of December 5, 2019 in which the Falcon 9 rocket landed in the Atlantic ocean, clumps of liquid were sliding and dropping from Merlin’s expansion nozzle. Witness, watch the video below.

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Illogical

No living creature can survive conditions without oxygen and can stand the catastrophic heat. The diameter of the expansion nozzle is at least 1.25 m (4.1 ft) and the average length of a Deer Mouse is 9.6 cm. This means the creature in the video must be a giant mouse because the ratio does not match the average mouse living in the United States.

The white clumps is a by-product of liquid oxygen also known as the Leidenfrost effect.

The Leidenfrost effect is the phenomenon whereby a liquid that comes into contact with a surface that is much hotter (warmer than the Leidenfrost point) forms a thermally insulating vapor layer that prevents the liquid from boiling.

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Heathcliff Spencer Peters, born and raised in the Netherlands, has worked with Dutch and American artists as creative artist for over 10 years. From 2000 - 2001 he was the main character in a popular Dutch television docu-soap-travel program. He has also worked as a cameraman and video producer for over 11 years. In addition to his work experience, he has been practicing journalism and fact-checking since 2007 for Lions Ground, nowadays known as Astral Citizens.

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