It seems like every day that someone makes a fascinating discovery on the beach. From adults with metal detectors finding buried treasure to children discovering unique seashells, the beach is full of untapped potential.

But one man discovered something on a beach in Mexico that was so odd and unique that he had no clue what he was dealing with. What followed was a mystery that was truly unexpected!

The man found this unusual piece of metal on a Mexican beach.

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It’s certainly some kind of panel, but what could these words mean?

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And why is it so banged up?

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How does something like this end up on the beach at all?

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From here, we can see wires and other electronic parts under the panel.

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He assumed that it would be safe to get in closer to take a better look, so he took the risk.

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You can make out the word “space” printed on this panel, but where is it from?

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It appears to be thoroughly insulated.

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EXTREMELY well insulated.

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After a thorough investigation and some help from others, he found out exactly where this came from.

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The panel originated from this rocket!

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Whoa.

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The strange panel was part of Ariane, a company that makes expendable civilian launch vehicles for space in Europe. How it got to the beach in Mexico, however, we may never know!