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Mystery object found on Australian beach may be space junk; Internet connects it to Chandrayaan-3

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As the Australian Space Exploration Agency continues to investigate the origin of the mysterious metallic object found on a remote beach, it is widely speculated that the unknown object could be space junk, possibly rocket debris Chandrayaan-3.

A mysterious cylindrical object found by locals on a beach near Jurien Bay in Western Australia on Sunday July 16 has people on social media perplexed. The giant copper-colored object prompted the Australian Space Agency to launch an investigation. The agency predicts that the object could come from a foreign space launch vehicle.

“We are currently researching this object located on a beach near Jurien Bay in Western Australia. The object may be from a foreign space launch vehicle and we are in contact with global counterparts who may be able to to provide more information,” the Australian Space Agency tweeted.

The object was first reported to authorities by local resident Garth Griffith, who pulled the large metal object out of the water using his vehicle. He also informed ABC News on discovery. The metal hull is approximately 10 feet long and 8 feet wide.

The object may have come from an Indian rocket, which has sparked speculation on social media, with many linking it to Chandrayaan-3, which was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on July 14.

According to Andrea Boyd, an engineer with the European Space Agency, her colleagues believe the object that ran aground in the Indian Ocean fell from an Indian rocket during a satellite launch, Al Jazeera reported citing Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“We are pretty sure from the shape and size that this is an upper stage engine from an Indian rocket that is used for many different missions,” Boyd told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The image of the object circulating the internet has created a divide on social media, with some claiming the object has no connection to Chandrayaan-3 as it is covered in a thick layer of algae and barnacles , which cannot accumulate in just three to four days. While other rumors suggest that the object could be the debris of an Indian rocket, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Amid all the speculation, the Australian Space Agency is actively working to find out if there is a connection between the object and the space launch vehicle. According to the United Nations Outer Space Treaty, if the object’s origin is confirmed, the Australian government will have to return the space debris to that country.



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