This summer the Falcon 9 — a SpaceX rocket bound for the International Space Station — blew up. Two minutes and 19 seconds in from its departure from Cape Canaveral, Florida an over-pressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank caused the rocket to explode. It wasn’t pretty unless Elon Musk’s billion-dollar dreams exploding into hundreds of pieces is what you’re into.
Now a section of the rocket, measuring at 32 feet by 13 feet, has been found near the Isles of Scilly — a group of islands off the southwestern tip of England. Local boatmen towed the goose barnacle-covered debris to the island Tresco, where it is currently under watch by the coastguard.
In a statement, Coastal Area Commander Martin Leslie announced that the debris, more than 4,000 miles away from where the rocket took off, was assumed to be a fraction of the Falcon 9.
“There were lots of gulls on the water and I thought initially it was a dead whale and the birds were feeding off it,” Joseph Thomas of Tresco Boat Services told the BBC. “It’s not everyday part of a rocket washes ashore at home.”
So far Musk has not commented on the finding, which is strange seeing how he’s normally so chatty on Twitter.Photos via Astronomy Now, Maritime and Coastguard Agency