Space experts probe debris


What could be another redundant lump of burnout space junk has been discovered stranded on a rural property in northern NSW. (main picture)

The new find follows the location in the past few weeks of three large fragments of debris – since identified as being from a US Space X vehicle – wedged into the ground on properties near the town of Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains.

People living in and around Jindabyne had reported hearing loud  and unexplained booms early in July, a few weeks before the first of the initial three pieces was found by a local farmer on his sheep property.

The latest piece of possible space junk was found in the north of the state on a property in the New England region after recently falling to earth.

Technical experts from the Australian Space Agency (ASA) and NSW Police went to the scene this morning and were conducting a series of tests to positively identify the source of the junk.

“There are similarities between this new piece and the three bits of debris found in the south of the state,” said lead ASA investigator, Dr Zachary Smith. (pictured)

“For a start locals in New England also reported a lot of loud empty-sounding booms before the discovery of this new piece of junk.

“But unlike those in the Snowy Mountains, the locals here say the empty booming noises have been going on for years.

“We have also detected toxic fumes being given off by this new piece of redundant debris and some of us working on the site have become rather giddy, almost as if we are under the influence.

“But we will continue our investigations until we are satisfied about exactly what it is and where it came from.

“In the interim we are confident enough to say that we are most likely dealing with a specific type of debris.

“This big lump is a type of debris that despite its solid and functional appearance is actually quite hollow and useless.

“Rather than use the term ‘space junk’ those of us in the industry prefer to label this type of debris ‘waste of space junk’ to differentiate it from now-redundant materials that once performed a useful function,” Dr Smith said.