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Space junk crashes out of orbit and crashes on California Farm (photos) – RT US News



Debris, which is believed to have come from a space communications program, crashed on a California walnut farm, with investigators working on the idea that it came from a recently decayed satellite in the 1990s.

When charred metal fragments were found by a plantation owner in Hanford, the Kings County Police Department investigators sent to the scene were confused. Then they turned their attention to a nearby air force base.

According to local news agencies, the lump of metal – which resembled a burnt helmet – was confirmed by the authorities of Vandenberg Air Force Base as a fuel tank. The facility hosted the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.

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However, debris does not come from the space company founded by Elon Musk. In fact, the fuel tank comes from an Iridium satellite, which was sent to space in 1

998, reports Kron 4 News.

A communications company spokesman said the remains are from Iridium 70, a disused satellite whose parts can still account for some of the millions of artificial trash that swirled around our planet in space.

The debris is to be sent to the Iridium headquarters for analysis.

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Iridium is currently revising its space network and has now successfully deployed seven out of eight NEXT satellites over the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent into orbit. The low Earth orbit satellites will be used for both broadband and real-time aircraft monitoring and the last Iridium Next satellite will be launched in December.

RT.com has contacted Iridium and Kings County Sheriff for more comments

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