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#500867 - 02/09/15 07:15 PM Rocket Remnants found on San Pedro reef
Marty Offline

After many emails and calls to our office and taking a closer look at images of the wreckage found over the weekend, we can safely confirm that the piece of wreckage is not that of a US military plane but remnamts of a space rocket. In August 2014, two satellites were launched on the European Ariane Galileo ESA rocket and the piece discovered by the reef off Ambergris Caye is just part of the rocket that falls back to earth during its launch into space.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today

Galileo Launch, Initially Hailed as Success, Is a Failure


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#500883 - 02/10/15 02:57 AM Re: Rocket Remnants found on San Pedro reef [Re: Marty]
Phil Offline
Wish I'd taken a picture now of the big bit outside my house. I assumed it was an everyday washed up item, like the fuselage of a crashed jet.

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#500886 - 02/10/15 10:11 AM Re: Rocket Remnants found on San Pedro reef [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Rocket, Man!

Fragments of a space rocket were found in the waters off San Pedro over the weekend. The story and pictures comes from Ambergris Today which show a scrap of wreckage bearing the letters "A-R-I-A" and the crest of the European Union. At first no one knew where it came from, but after a time on the Ambergris Today website - many emails and called narrowed it down to this: the wreckage is from the European Ariane Galileo, a rocket that launched satellites into orbit. This one was launched in August 2014 from French Guiana on the north Coast of South America. The parts found near the Belize Barrier reef are believed to be the steel casings that enclose the rocket boosters. These boosters fall back to earth after the rocket is launched into the atmosphere. According to information on the internet, the boosters sink to the bottom of the ocean 450 kilometers from the launch site. So, we're assuming that while the rocket boosters sank, these metal casings somehow didn't and drifted over to Belize.

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#500889 - 02/10/15 10:25 AM Re: Rocket Remnants found on San Pedro reef [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
Curious ..... Do these rocket scientists pay for reef destruction?

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#500906 - 02/10/15 04:05 PM Re: Rocket Remnants found on San Pedro reef [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
I've often wonder if anyone ever gets hit by any of this junk?
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#500925 - 02/10/15 08:34 PM Re: Rocket Remnants found on San Pedro reef [Re: Marty]
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