According to local authorities, the black high-pressure tank with a composite shell could be the wreckage of the second stage of the Falcon 9, which collapsed over Oregon and Washington on March 26.
The farm owner told authorities that he found the object, which is similar in size and shape to a huge punching bag, on his land over the weekend. It was sticking out of the ground and left a 10-centimeter dent there.
Local authorities decided that it could be rocket wreckage from Elon Musk’s company and called SpaceX with a request to pick up the wreckage. The publication notes that SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.
The high-pressure tank with a composite shell is part of the Falcon 9 second stage, a smaller part of the rocket separated from the main stage. Normally, most parts of the second stage spend several years in orbit or fall to Earth over the ocean. Still, last week the stage re-entered the atmosphere in an unexpected place-over densely populated areas in the northwestern United States-after sending Starlink satellites into orbit. And somehow, some of the debris fell on agricultural land about 160 kilometers from the Pacific coast.