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Space Junk hits Amazon river

Brasilian Fisherman finds a large piece of Space Debris in Amazon river

A fisherman in Brazil's Amazon region of Para has found a large piece of debris from a European space launch, whilst fishing in Uriandeua, a river in the region of Salinopolis last April 26th.

The debris, which removal process required more than 10 people, seems to corresponds to the launch of Europe's largest telecommunications satellite last year, ALPHASAT, launched by ARIANESPACE from the Kourou base on 25 July.

The photos below were taken by locals during the retrieval process. It can be appreciated the size and mass of the piece that might have caused important damages or even injuries though, fortunately, this time no disgrace has occured. This sort of events demonstrate the need to make progress in the regulatory aspects concerning the controlled reentry of space debris.

For more information, read the BBC news release.

Space Junk retrieval

 

Space Junk in the river bank

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