Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief S Somanath has addressed the mystery surrounding an object that washed up on an Australian beach. Somanath stated that while the object is believed to be a part of some rocket, India cannot confirm its origin without conducting a thorough analysis. The discovery was made on July 15, 2023, near Green Head in Western Australia. The object, which is cylindrical in shape and measures between 2.5 and 3 meters in length, has sparked speculation among space experts that it could be associated with an Indian rocket.
Analysis Needed to Confirm Origin
According to Somanath, there is no definitive evidence at this stage to link the object to an Indian rocket. He emphasized the need for analysis to determine its origin. Until a comprehensive examination is conducted, India cannot confirm whether the object is indeed a part of its space program. Somanath’s comments were reported by the BBC on Wednesday.
Object’s Characteristics and Speculations
The object’s shape and size have led space experts to speculate that it may be connected to an Indian rocket. However, experts have ruled out the possibility of it being associated with the recently launched Chandrayaan-3 mission. The object has likely been in the water for several months, making it unlikely to be connected to Chandrayaan-3. The Australian Space Agency (ASA) has suggested that the object may have fallen from a “foreign space launch vehicle.”
Potential Origin and Safety Concerns
While initial speculation linked the object to the missing MH370 plane, aviation experts have dismissed this possibility, suggesting instead that it may be a fuel tank from a rocket that fell into the Indian Ocean. Somanath explained that certain parts of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) are known to have fallen into the sea behind Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone. He indicated that the object may have been adrift for a significant period before washing ashore. The ISRO Chief assured that the debris does not pose any danger, as reported by the BBC.
Investigations and Collaboration
The Western Australia Police Force is coordinating a joint investigation into the object’s origin. They have urged people to refrain from drawing conclusions and stated that the object is being treated as hazardous until its source is determined. The ASA is actively involved in the matter and is in discussions with India’s space agency to collaborate on proper clean-up procedures. Experts have advised against touching the object due to potential hazards.
The discovery of the mysterious object on an Australian beach has captured attention and raised questions about its origin. While speculation suggests it may be related to an Indian rocket, ISRO Chief S Somanath has emphasized the need for analysis to confirm its association. Until the object undergoes thorough examination, India cannot definitively establish its connection to its space program. Investigations into the object’s origin are ongoing, with authorities treating it as hazardous until more information is obtained.
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