Rocket debris found on Fort Lauderdale beach

Part of European Union's Galileo washes ashore


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Rocket debris from the European Union's satellite Galileo washed up on the beach in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday morning.

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 this piece of debris has been floating for a year and somehow ended up on the beach. 

Police collected the debris until a team from the Federal Aviation Administration arrives to inspect it.

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