Mystery object that washed up on Australian beach is identified

A large piece of debris from space has been found on a remote beach in Western Australia. The object, 2.5m tall and made partially of a gold-colored woven material, was discovered in July near Green Head, about 250km north of Perth. Initial speculation suggested that it could be a part of a downed airplane, but police cautioned against jumping to conclusions. Some rumors linked the object to UFOs, while others connected it to the missing Malaysian MH370 flight. After a two-week investigation, the Australian Space Agency (ASA) announced that the debris is likely from a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The ASA stated on Twitter, “We have concluded the object…is most likely debris from an expended third-stage of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The PSLV is a medium-lift launch vehicle operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation.” European Space Agency engineer Andrea Boyd supported this assessment, suggesting that the object fell from an Indian rocket during the launch of a satellite. However, ISRO chair S Somnath could not confirm if the debris was from their launch.

The responsible party for launching the object into space is accountable for its disposal, according to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Initially considered hazardous, the device was later determined to be safe based on a government chemical analysis. Western Australia Police will remove the object once its origin has been formally identified.

Western Australia Premier Roger Cook proposed displaying the debris in a local museum alongside the wreckage of Skylab. Skylab was the first space station launched by NASA and orbited unmanned for approximately five years before breaking up and scattering debris across the Esperance region of Australia in 1979.

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