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‘Space rocket capsule’ washes up on Brittany coast

So how did what appears to be part of a SpaceX capsule end up on a tiny Breton island?

'Space rocket capsule' washes up on Brittany coast
Photo: Europe1/Ferme de Quemenes

Sandy beaches and crêpes are probably what comes to mind when you think of Brittany in north-west France.

So no wonder inhabitants of the tiny island of Quéménès got a surprise when they discovered what appears to be part of a space rocket washed up on the shore.

The couple, Amélie Goossens and Etienne Menguy, the island’s only inhabitants, tweeted a photo of the mysterious object they found on Wednesday 11th April.

The tweet read: “Found yesterday evening on the foreshore of #Quemenes. What do you reckon? A sea bathtub? (Why not?!) A UFO? Honestly, we don’t know what it is yet but we found this object (2.5m in diameter) with a little SpaceX plaque! #rocket”

 

The white, metal cone measuring about 2.5m wide and 1.3m high is labelled ‘SpaceX’ and ‘nose cone’, prompting speculation it could be the nose of a SpaceX capsule.

The American spacecraft manufacturer, SpaceX builds capsules which send supplies to the International Space Station. According to the company’s website, SpaceX aims to ‘revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.’

“We first thought it was a racing boat,” Amélie Goossens, told Ouest-France. “We found shells on it, but they’re not from around here.”

According to Ouest-France, the couple have contacted the coast guard as well as SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk.

For the time being, the circumstances of the object’s arrival in Brittany remains a mystery although Reddit users believe it is the nose of a Space X Dragon rocket, perhaps even the CRS-13 mission, launched on December 15, 2017.

 

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.

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