Alice Gorman, an expert in space archeology at Flinders University, said a mysterious two-metre object washed ashore on a Western Australian beach is part of an Indian rocket. This was reported by the Australian News portal.
According to Gorman, the object is a fuel tank for the third stage of a launch vehicle for polar satellites. He noted that the object may have become stranded during a storm.
The expert added that the object is currently considered space debris. The balloon cannot explode, but the rocket fuel inside is toxic and can pose a danger to swimmers.
The local police have already taken the object to a safe place, environmental protection officers have taken samples from the sinkhole to find out if there is a danger to local residents.
Earlier, a metal sphere with a diameter of 1.5 meters was discovered on Enshyuhama beach in Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka prefecture of Japan. According to experts, the find is part of the usual diving equipment.