CANBERRA (Reuters) - A cattle farmer in's remote northern outback on Friday said he had found a giant ball of twisted metal, which he believes is space junk from a rocket used to launch communications satellites.
But Stirton only started inquiring into what the ball of metal really was, and where it had come from, in the past week.
"I was riding out to check some cattle, and I came around the corner and there it was in a paddock," Stirton told Reuters on Friday.
"I know a lot about sheep and cattle but I don't know much about satellites. But I would say it is a fuel cell off some stage of a rocket."
He said the object was hollow, and covered in a carbon-fiber material. He has contacted some U.S.-based aerospace companies to try to find out what the object really is.
said it was not uncommon for people to find spacejunk in remote areas of Australia.
In 1979, large parts of thefell to earth near a tiny outback town in Australia's west. A local council sent a ticket for littering and then United States rang a local motel to apologize.