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06-Jun-01 | Delta reentry debris lands in science museum; Air Force wants it back

Space.com reports (3 June 2001) that the U.S. Air Force has requested the return of three pieces of debris from a 1996 Delta II launch that survived reentry over South Africa and which are currently on display in a Cape Town science museum. The parts are likely from the Aerojet second stage of one of three Global Positioning System launches that occurred that year. Just why the innocuous, micrometeorite-scarred fragments are important to the USAF is not mentioned.


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