Sheriff's office confirms SpaceX debris found in Washington state

Sheriff's office confirms SpaceX debris found in Washington state
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Debris from a SpaceX rocket was recovered in Washington state last week and reclaimed by the space-exploration company, according to a local sheriff's office.

The confirmation comes after pieces of the rocket plunged through the atmosphere in the Pacific Northwest last week, lighting up the sky with comet-like streaks that were documented by numerous users on social media.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office tweeted confirmation of the material on Friday, writing, "SpaceX recovered a Composite-Overwrapped Pressure Vessel from last week’s Falcon 9 re-entry."


The sheriff's office did not provide additional information about the debris's location or impact.

"Media and treasure hunters: we are not disclosing specifics. The property owner simply wants to be left alone," they tweeted.

The pieces were found on private property, and did not cause damage besides a 4- to 5-inch impact mark in the ground, according to NBC News

SpaceX, founded by billionaire Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskThe billionaires' space race is just the beginning Tesla's Musk voices support for Epic amid Apple lawsuit Tesla reports over 0M in energy business revenue in second quarter MORE, is receiving two contracts valued at nearly $160 million from the Pentagon to launch two of its Falcon 9 rockets.

Musk has set a goal of sending 1 million people to Mars by 2050