On May 29, Twitter user Kevin Eichelberger scored what will probably go down as the find of his beach-combing career: the briny, barnacle-encrusted wreckage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Eichelberger, who according to his Twitter bio runs a Charleston, South Carolina-based e-commerce company called Blue Acorn, said he'd mail whatever hardware he could pry off the wreckage back to SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, California.
Update for June 9: As promised, Eichelberger has sent the GoPro camera data from the SpaceX payload bay fairing back to SpaceX. The company released this spectacular video of the fairing's fall from space earlier this week. According to this SpaceNews report, SpaceX will also retrieve the wreckage from
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Dan Leone is an editor and reporter for the ExchangeMonitor Publications covering the Department of Energy and Department of Defense nuclear weapons programs. From 2011 to 2016, Dan was the NASA reporter for the space industry publication SpaceNews, where he covered U.S. space agency policy, news and missions. He also produced the SpaceGeeks podcast showcasing interviews with space industry professionals. Dan earned a bachelor's degree in public communications from American University. You can find his latest project on Twitter at @leone_exm.