Local authorities have opened an investigation to determine its origin and nature.
A mysterious and “dangerous” object has been discovered on a remote Australian beach, the local police announced Monday, urging the population to keep a safe distance from the place of discovery.
The artifact, approximately 2.5 meters wide by 3 meters long, is shaped like a metallic cylinder and was found last Sunday, reports ABC News. Local authorities have opened an investigation to determine its origin and nature.
The Australian Space Agency considers that it would be a part of a space rocket.
According to Alice Gorman, an expert in space archaeology, the object would be a fuel tank corresponding to the third stage of an Indian spacecraft.
We are currently making inquiries related to this object located on a beach near Jurien Bay in Western Australia. The object could be from a foreign space launch vehicle and we are liaising with global counterparts who may be able to provide more information.[More in comments] pic.twitter.com/41cRuhwzZk
— Australian Space Agency (@AusSpaceAgency) July 17, 2023
“Maybe it was a marine weather event that displaced it and brought it ashore,” Gorman surmised, noting that the metal cylinder could contain toxic materials.
For its part, the Police have ruled out the hypothesis that the object is part of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared in March 2014 while covering the Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – Beijing (China) route.