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VIDEO: Doomed Rocket Washes Up On Isles Of Scilly

VIDEO: Doomed Rocket Washes Up On Isles Of Scilly

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 27th November 2015. (Updated at 9:01am 27th November 2015)

Debris from the doomed SpaceX Falcon-9 has washed up on the Isles of Scilly - five months after it exploded shortly after take off in Florida.

The unmanned rocket exploded as it left Cape Canaveral in June.

Scroll down to see the moment it happened.

The wreckage, a large section of alloy about 10m by 4m, was discovered by coastguards between Bryher and Tresco.

The local boatmen helped recover it.

Martin Leslie, coastal area commander for the coastguard, said: "The markings show an American flag. It looks like it's an American rocket and seems most likely to be the unmanned SpaceX Falcon-9..."

"We're grateful for all those who helped in its recovery - it was a great example of the community working together."

Meanwhile a Cornishman has told Pirate FM he believes he saw the debris dropping to earth as a fireball over Newlyn.

Nigel said: "If you can imagine kicking a football up in the air, it was about that size. It was a proper fireball with a tail coming behind it.

"It was about 3.30 on Friday the thirteenth.

"Because it seemed so low I thought it might miss the land but it would definitely fall in the sea - and someone at sea would see it."

The wreckage is currently being securely held on the beach at Tresco after being towed into New Grimsby.

Here's what it looks like...rocket debrisrocket debris

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