Possibly Indian, Part Of Rocket Washes Up On Australian Beach
CHENNAI, (IANS) – Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on July 18 said that the agency cannot confirm or deny whether the huge object which had beached in Australia was part of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket.
“We cannot confirm or deny anything about the object without seeing it in person and checking it. First, the Australian space agency must send a video of the object. We must see the markings, if any on it. They must move the object to a different place. If need be, ISRO officials can go there to confirm whether it belongs to an Indian rocket,” a senior ISRO official said.
Speculation is rife amongst space sector officials and enthusiasts as to whether the huge metallic object that washed ashore in Australia was part of India’s PSLV rocket that went up long back.
The ISRO official added that the Australian Space Agency has approached the Indian space agency in this regard.
“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,” the Australian Space Agency tweeted.
“As the origin of the object is unknown, the community should avoid handling or attempting to move the object. If the community spots any further suspected debris, they should report it to local authorities and notify the Australian Space Agency via email@example.com,” the Australian space agency added.
As closer look at the picture shows lots of barnacles on the metallic object which in a way proves that it must have been a very old one and not part of any rocket that was launched recently, including India’s LVM3 that carried Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft.