Disintegrating SpaceX rocket booster makes spectacular display


Disintegrating SpaceX rocket booster puts on spectacular display over Pacific Northwest as it splinters and burns off while reentering the atmosphere

  • The event was the second stage from a Space X Falcon rocket which failed to make its deorbit burn earlier this month
  • Instead, it burned as it reentered the atmosphere about 9pm over Seattle 
  • The disintegrating rocket part splint into multiple pieces in the sky, with many residents mistaking it for a plane crash or meteor 
  • NWS in Seattle confirmed it was debris from a Falcon 9 rocket 2nd stage that did not successfully have a deorbit burn
  • ‘There are NO expected impacts on the ground in our region at this time,’ the NWS in Seattle tweeted 

A disintegrating Space X rocket booster made a spectacular display over the Pacific Northwest as it reentered orbit. 

The event was the second stage from a Space X Falcon rocket which failed to make its deorbit burn earlier this month. Instead, it burned as it reentered the atmosphere about 9pm over Seattle on Thursday night. 

The disintegrating rocket part splint into multiple pieces in the sky, with many residents mistaking it for a plane crash or meteor. 

A disintegrating Space X rocket booster made a spectacular display over Seattle as it reentered orbit

The National Weather Service Seattle confirmed the event after excited locals made calls to emergency services

The National Weather Service Seattle confirmed the event after excited locals made calls to emergency services

The National Weather Service Seattle confirmed the event after excited locals made calls to emergency services.

‘The widely reported bright objects in the sky were the debris from a Falcon 9 rocket 2nd stage that did not successfully have a deorbit burn,’ the NWS in Seattle tweeted. 

‘Based on the observed video, this looks more likely than a bolide meteor or similar object as they would be moving far faster on impact with our atmosphere. There are NO expected impacts on the ground in our region at this time.’

The burning rocket was visible from Seattle to Cannon Beach in Oregon. 

There were no reports of damage or other impacts on the ground.

The rocket delivered Starlink satellites, built in Redmond, Washington, into orbit earlier this week, the Times reported.

SpaceX said Wednesday that the Falcon 9´s first stage returned to Earth and landed as planned on its ocean-going barge off the coast of Florida. 

The disintegrating rocket part splint into multiple pieces in the sky, with many residents mistaking it for a plane crash or meteor

The disintegrating rocket part splint into multiple pieces in the sky, with many residents mistaking it for a plane crash or meteor

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