Imagine taking an evening walk along the beach and stumbling upon something huge and awesome that washed ashore: a rocket. That’s exactly what happened to this Reddit user. He was walking up and down the shore but had to drop everything when he found this debris. Not knowing exactly what it was, he brought it home, took pictures of it and uploaded them to the internet. Then, he learned exactly what it was. It was awesome.
After posting these images online, it was discovered that this large piece of debris was actually from space.
The piece of metal was from a Ariane 5 rocket.
Specifically, it’s the payload shroud from the rocket.
It’s discarded at about 150km altitude.
That means it’s discarded 50km into space.
It’s officially space debris.
This hunk of junk traveled so many miles.
It’s a once in a lifetime find.
This was heat resistant paneling that was broken and burned.
You can see the damage done by the journey.
As you can tell from the logo…
It was definitely part of one of those rockets.
Source: Reddit When you walk along a beach and find a fossil or message in a bottle, it’s lucky. If you walk along the beach and find space debris that fell for miles… well, that’s almost too cool to describe. What a lucky find. Share it with others by clicking on the button below.