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Space junk crashed into N.J. home

May 11, 2007
In this Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, file photograph, an object is held by Freehold Township Police Lt. Robert Brightman during a news conference in Freehold Township, N.J. (AP/Mike Derer)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A mysterious metallic object that crashed through the roof of a New Jersey home earlier this year was not a meteorite after all, but probably a piece of space junk, scientists said Friday.

The silvery object was made of a stainless-steel alloy that does not occur in nature and is most likely "orbital debris" - part of a satellite, rocket or some other spacecraft, said Rutgers University geologist Jeremy Delaney.

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