Piece of suspected space debris found outside Asheville, North Carolina | Space

CLYDE, N.C. – Space experts believe a piece of debris recently found in rural western North Carolina is actually from a recent SpaceX mission that launched a crew of four to the International Space Station.

The debris was recently spotted by an employee of The Glamping Collective, a company that operates cabins and other facilities on a private mountaintop about 20 minutes west of Asheville, North Carolina.

The debris appears to be at least 3 feet wide and is clearly singed, likely from its travels through Earth’s atmosphere.

Spacecraft have a thermal protection system due to the immense heat they generate when reentering Earth’s atmosphere, but the trunk portion of the mission is designed to disintegrate upon reentry.

A Dragon spacecraft consists of two pieces: a capsule and a trunk – but only the capsule, which contains the astronauts, is reused for future endeavors.

SpaceX defines the trunk as the section that “not only carries unpressurized cargo but also supports the spacecraft during ascent. One half of the trunk is covered in solar panels that provide power to…

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