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Parts of Falcon 9 Launcher Wash Ashore In England ( 20

RockDoctor writes with news as reported by the BBC that parts of a Falcon 9 launcher have washed ashore on the Isles of Scilly off the SW coast of Britain. Early impressions are that the pieces are from the failed Falcon 9 ISS launch which exploded after take-off in June. That's not the only possibility, though; according to the article, However Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said many experts believed, due to the size and markings which have now been revealed, it was from a different mission. "All the geeks have been getting together and looking at fine details, and we're pretty sure it's a launch from September 2014 that successfully sent a cargo mission to the space station. "It didn't look like an exploded rocket to me, it looked like a fairly normal piece of space junk when the lower stage of a rocket falls from a hundred miles up and hits the ocean. Large sections can remain in tact and it's really quite normal," he said.
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Parts of Falcon 9 Launcher Wash Ashore In England

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    • If it's a dupe, it wasn't showing up when I submitted it. And indeed the other one was posted at the same time that I was composing mine and checking for dupes. So blame the Slashdot "editors" and/ or system, not me. I did my due diligence.
  • Large sections can remain in tact

    Are the small ones more inclined to be blunt?

  • by queazocotal ( 915608 ) on Saturday November 28, 2015 @11:40AM (#51017445)

    = certainly not correct.
    It's CRS4 - the fourth launch to ISS.

    http://forum.nasaspaceflight.c... []

    The logo wasn't painted quite the same each time, and is very clear from the part.

  • BBC originally got it wrong and same shit is being repeated elsewhere. CRS-7 booster went to bits and probably nothing this big survived, besides the interstage had grid fins. This one doesn't have them.

    The interstage has been identified as part of Falcon 9 that launched CRS-4 to the ISS in September 2014. That booster did a soft landing to the ocean as part of the re-use tests. It then tipped over and broke up, so it would make sense that a part of the interstage could survive that and being a composite ho

  • Peter Pedant calling: there is no such location as "Scilly Islands" - you probably mean "The Isles of Scilly"? (per the linked to page!).

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.