A piece of metal recovered from the sea off the Isles of Scilly looks to be debris from an American space rocket.
The metal – a large section of alloy about 10 metres by 4 metres, was spotted on the surface between Bryher and Tresco.
The find was reported to the UK Coastguard yesterday afternoon, 26 November, which immediately issued a warning to shipping in the area.
The debris was recovered with the help of a local boatman, before being towed into New Grimsby. It is currently securely held on the beach at Tresco.
The markings show an American flag. It looks like it’s an American rocket and seems most likely to be the unmanned Space X 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.
The pictures tell the story - although what led up to the discovery remains to be revealed.