Pieces of debris found scattered across remote Australian paddocks last week were part of a SpaceX mission, the Australian Space Agency confirmed in a statement to Australia’s ABC News.
Astrophysicist Brad Tucker visited the site in Dalgety, located in New South Wales state, to examine the debris which were charred after re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.
He said the debris, with the largest piece around 10 feet in length, were not a public hazard and described the find as “extremely rare.”
The debris had originally landed on July 9 according to Tucker, but farmer Mick Miners said he only realized what the piece on his property was weeks later, as it was obscured and easily mistaken as a burnt tree from afar.
Private rocket company SpaceX was founded by billionaire Elon Musk.