It might have come from a rocket burn-up in March.
Authorities in Oregon have discovered an object that they believe might debris from a SpaceX rocket — but the aeronautics company isn’t too sure.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday that they found what looks to be charred debris from a Falcon 9 rocket, according to The Oregonian. When contacted about the object, SpaceX said they weren't able to verify that it was a part of the rocket by looking at the photos.
You can take a look for yourself below and see if you think it comes from a rocket:
Light Up the Sky
Officials suspect that the object came from a failed SpaceX launch on March 4 when a Falcon 9 rocket failed to light its second stage. The booster then deorbited and fell through Earth’s atmosphere burning up spectacularly over the skies of the Pacific Northwest.
At least the re-entry looked super cool though:
So it wouldn’t be too surprising if the piece belonged to one of SpaceX’s rockets. The company did say that the object might be a "composite overwrapped pressure vessel," according to the Oregonian. They also told local authorities that it should be safe to transport for further analysis.
This wouldn't be the first time a piece of debris from a SpaceX launch ended up in the hands of civilians. One spectator was able to claim a charred piece of debris after the company's Starship rocket SN11 exploded in Boca Chia, Texas.
A spectator holds a piece of debris which was blown 5 miles from where SpaceX launched and attempted to land Starship rocket SN11:
— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) March 30, 2021
So Elon Musk, if you're reading this, please be sure to pick up after yourself the next time a rocket burns up.
READ MORE: Did SpaceX debris wash ashore at the Oregon coast? Officials aren’t sure. [The Oregonian]