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.
“SpaceX recovered a Composite-Overwrapped Pressure Vessel from last week’s Falcon 9 re-entry. It was found on private property in southwest Grant County this week,” the Grant County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement on Twitter, adding that they would not provide the exact location or the name of the man whose property it fell on.
“Media and treasure hunters: we are not disclosing specifics. The property owner simply wants to be left alone,” the sheriff’s office said in the tweet.