Rocket debris washes up on Florida beach
Beachgoers find debris from Galileo
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Rocket debris from the European Union's satellite Galileo washed up Sunday morning on a Fort Lauderdale beach.
Beachgoers noticed the debris about midnight.
Fort Lauderdale police said the debris was part of a rocket that launched several satellites into space. The satellites are part of a global navigation system.
The rocket is believed to have launched from French Guiana, a northeast region in South America. It is believed that the piece of debris has been floating for a year and somehow ended up on the beach.
Police collected the debris, and the Federal Aviation Administration will inspect it, authorities said.
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