Officials Send Out Warning To Beachgoers About Possibility of Rocket Debris Washing Ashore in Brevard County

By  //  January 21, 2020

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ABOVE VIDEO: People along the Space Coast are being warned about rocket debris from Sunday’s planned rocket explosion that could still be floating around.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (WFTV) – People along the Space Coast are being warned about rocket debris from Sunday’s planned rocket explosion that could still be floating around.

The launch Sunday successfully demonstrated that the Crew Dragon capsule can safely separate from a Falcon 9 rocket in case of an emergency. It’s one of the last major tests before crewed missions can resume from U.S. soil.

Brevard County sent out alerts shortly after the test, notifying people on the beaches to watch out for debris washing on shore. The rocket broke up and dropped into the ocean about 20 miles offshore.

“There’s definitely not any of the big pieces of the rocket left,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said.

Dr. Ken Kremer with Space UpClose said most of the pieces of the 160-foot rocket likely sank, but some pieces like long metal rods and round pieces could still wash ashore.

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