Ariane-5 nose cone?

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Thu Mar 02 2000 - 10:46:08 PST

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    Hi All,
    Anyone catch this article on CNN Headline news?  --Rob
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    NASA probes possible space debris found on beach 
    March 1, 2000 Web posted at: 1:45 p.m. EST (1845 GMT)
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- Rocket nose cone -- or hot tub? 
    A NASA specialist traveled to the the Texas coast Tuesday to identify what
    be a piece of a French spacecraft.  Nicholas Johnson, an expert on orbital
    debris, is trying to determine if the dome-shaped object found last week on
    Mustang Island is a nose cone from an Ariane-5 rocket booster. 
    The plastic foam object mysteriously vanished as quickly as it appeared, but
    local law enforcement officer came up with the key to the mystery. He said
    if a
    salvageable item washes up on the beach, a beachcomber named Barney Corey
    find a use for it. 
    NASA was alerted after the object was tracked down to Corey's Port Aransas
    near Corpus Christi.  Meanwhile, Corey is bummed out. The beachcomber was
    to use the object, whatever it is, for a hot tub.
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