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Mystery Object Washed on Australian Shore Confirmed as Part of ISRO’s PSLV

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“The enigmatic object discovered washed ashore on an Australian beach in Western Australia two weeks ago has been officially identified by the Australian Space Agency as a probable remnant of an expended third stage from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The PSLV is a medium-lift launch vehicle utilized by ISRO for space missions.

Following an announcement made on X (formerly Twitter), the Australian Space Agency stated, “We have ascertained that the object found near Jurien Bay in Western Australia is likely debris from an expended third stage of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), which is operated by ISRO.”

The object’s identity was confirmed one day after its appearance on the Australian beach, and ISRO’s chairman, S Somanath, had already indicated that it was an old part of the PSLV’s upper stage, not from a recent mission. The third stage of the PSLV is a solid rocket motor responsible for providing high thrust to the upper stages after the launch’s atmospheric phase.

The Australian Space Agency further shared that they would be preserving the debris while collaborating with ISRO to determine the next course of action, including adherence to obligations specified in United Nations space treaties. Their commitment to the long-term sustainability of outer space activities, including debris mitigation, was emphasized and brought to the international stage.

The object’s discovery sparked speculations on social media, especially as it coincided with the timing of the ISRO moon mission Chandrayaan 3 launch on July 14. However, experts assured the public that detached rocket components are typically harmless and are intentionally left behind after space launches by major space agencies. These components are designed to detach during specific stages of the mission, and agencies plan for their safe landing to avoid posing any threats, often in remote areas or bodies of water.

In conclusion, the Australian Space Agency stated, “We have concluded the object located on a beach near Jurien Bay in Western Australia is most likely debris from an expended third-stage of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).”

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