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.
We are currently researching this object located on a beach near Jurien Bay in Western Australia.
The object may have come from a foreign space launcher and we are in contact with global counterparts who may be able to provide more information.
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.
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.
A large tank-like structure has washed ashore on the coast of Green Head, Western Australia. This is most likely the third stage of a PSLV rocket.
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.
(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)