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Rocket debris washes up on Florida beach

Beachgoers find debris from Galileo

Rocket debris washes up on a Florida beach.
Rocket debris washes up on a Florida beach.

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.