The debris from the SpaceX launch fell on a farm in Washington State, leaving nearly four inches of dents on the ground.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said last week that SpaceX had recovered a composite-wrapped pressure vessel from the Falcon 9 reentry compartment, which was found in private property in southwest Grant County.
It said the object may belong to the second phase of the Falcon 9 rocket, which was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 4.
County Sheriff’s spokesperson Kyle Foreman said his understanding was that ships about five feet were used to store helium. According to the Associated Press, he confirmed that no one was injured.
Foreman said that a farmer suspected that the debris might have come from the launch site and contacted the sheriff̵
On March 25th, mysterious bright lights were seen illuminating the sky in Washington and Oregon. The Seattle National Weather Service initially mistaken them for meteor showers, but its informal message was that the bright object was “fragment from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, which was not successfully burned out of orbit.”
Astronomer Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said that what people saw on March 25 was part of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched in early March. He said: “After 22 days of operation, the debris re-entered the atmosphere.”
Mr. Forman said that there were no reports of damage caused by the March 25 incident and no other reports of debris.
The Falcon 9 rocket is a reusable two-stage rocket designed by SpaceX to transport personnel and payloads to the orbit of the earth and beyond. So far, 111 Falcon 9s have been launched, 71 of which have landed.