A puzzling, barnacle-covered metallic object has surfaced on an Australian beach, stirring intrigue among authorities. Australia’s Space Agency postulated on Tuesday that the object might be a fragment from an international rocket launch.
Located in the secluded region of Jurien Bay, roughly a two-hour drive north of the state capital Perth, the object stands at approximately two meters high. Intriguingly, it features cables extending from its upper end.
Local police, who cordoned off the cylinder to conduct toxicity tests, have quashed internet rumours tying the object to the infamous 2014 Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 vanishing incident. “Preliminary investigations indicate the object is unlikely from a commercial aircraft,” police reported.
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The Australian Space Agency, however, hasn’t ruled out the possibility that the mysterious cylinder could be remnants of an offshore “foreign space launch vehicle”. As the origins of the artifact remain uncertain, the Agency has advised the public to refrain from touching or attempting to relocate the object.
In a similar incident last year, an Australian sheep farmer stumbled upon a burnt piece of debris on his farm. The debris turned out to be from one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX ventures. Astrophysicist Brad Tucker, who examined the SpaceX debris, described the discovery as “simultaneously thrilling and uncanny.”
(Source: The Star)