Thursday 8 December 2016

Debris at Isles of Scilly thought to come from failed Cape Canaveral launch

Published 26/11/2015 | 20:51

An American rocket which blew up moments after take-off has now washed up on the Isles of Scilly (PA/MCA)
An American rocket which blew up moments after take-off has now washed up on the Isles of Scilly (PA/MCA)

An American rocket which blew up moments after take-off has reached an unlikely new destination - after being washed up on the Isles of Scilly.

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Debris from the doomed SpaceX Falcon-9 was apparently discovered by coastguards patrolling the tranquil destination off the Cornish mainland, some five months after the unmanned rocket exploded as it left Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The metal, a large section of alloy about 10m by 4m, was spotted on the surface between the islands of Bryher and Tresco.

It was recovered with the help of local professional boatman, and is currently securely held on the beach at Tresco.

Martin Leslie, coastal area commander for the coastguard, said: "The markings show an American flag. It looks like it's an American rocket and seems most likely to be the unmanned SpaceX Falcon-9 which blew up shortly after take-off from Cape Canaveral in June.

"We're grateful for all those who helped in its recovery - it was a great example of the community working together."

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