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03:36 PM, November 28, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:41 PM, November 28, 2015

SpaceX rocket wreckage found near remote island off UK

A large piece of a SpaceX rocket has washed up on a remote island off the coast of England, and officials think it's from the Falcon 9 rocket that exploded shortly after taking off from the Space Coast in June, reports CNN.

The debris -- encrusted in barnacles and showing a US flag and the words "Falcon 9" -- was pulled out of the water off the Isles of Scilly, off the southwestern tip of Great Britain. One piece was 32 feet by 13 feet.

Officials think it's from the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket that exploded over Cape Canaveral on June 28.

Joseph Thomas, a boat captain who spotted the debris, told CNN, "Once we got it ashore with the help of another vessel, (the coast guard) scraped some of the goose barnacles off, and it just so happened the first place they scraped, they found the (US) flag."

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched in June was carrying more than two tons of cargo to the International Space Station when it blew up. Officials think it was caused by a problem inside the booster's upper stage.

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