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Fallen debris from SpaceX rocket launch lands on a farm in central Washington

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This pressure vessel, which came from the second stage of a Falcon 9 rocket, fell onto a farm in central Washington, local authorities reported April 2, 2021.  (Image credit: Grant County Sheriff/Twitter)

A piece of debris from a SpaceX launch has turned up on someone’s farm in central Washington, local authorities reported Friday (April 2) — about one week after the falling rocket debris sparked reports of “shooting stars” the U.S. Pacific Northwest. 

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the recovered object appears to be a composite overwrapped pressure vessel, or COPV, belonging to the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that launched March 4 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on a mission dubbed Starlink 17.  





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