Australian farmer’s space junk discovery

By | April 3, 2008

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A cattle farmer in Australia’s remote northern outback believes a piece of space junk has landed on his property. Farmer James Stirton found a giant ball of twisted metal last year but only recently decided to look into its origins.

He now believes it is part of a rocket used to launch communications satellites.

Mr Stirton discovered the odd-shaped ball last year on his 40,000 hectare property, about 800 kilometres (500 miles) west of the northern Queensland state capital of Brisbane.

He said the object was hollow, and covered in a carbon-fibre material.

He has contacted some US-based aerospace companies to try to find out what the object really is.

Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum said it was not uncommon for people to find spacejunk in remote areas of Australia.

In 1979, large parts of the Skylab space station fell to earth near a tiny outback town in Australia’s west. A local council sent NASA a ticket for littering and the then United States President Jimmy Carter rang a local motel to apologise. –telegraph

It might not be space junk. Could be part of a planet that got eaten by a black hole on the other side of the Universe and was spit out in a small white hole that formed for a few seconds in Australia.

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