Car-Sized Hunk From Satellite Launch Found in the Amazon

By Robert Sorokanich on at

A Brazilian fisherman floating down the Uriandeua river in northern Brazil bumped into perhaps the last thing you'd expect to find in the Amazon: a huge chunk of metal that the UK Space Agency says came from the launch of Europe's largest telecom satellite last year. How in the hell did it get there?

As the BBC reports, the metal piece has been identified as a launch vehicle payload shroud from the Alphasat launch last year. The launch took place in French Guiana, to the north of Brazil, meaning the metal chunk likely landed in the Atlantic ocean and floated inland toward the municipality of Salinopolis in Brazil.

While the piece of metal was found on Saturday, it was only after the story hit the international media that authorities came to recover it. Maybe the European Space Agency needs to invest in an Iron Giant-style reassembling system. [BBC]