Space Junk Hits Austraila! Apparently This Is Not Unusual

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When an Australian cattle rancher found a large ball of metal and carbon fiber last year, he didn’t think much of it, waiting until now to attempt to find out where exactly this wreckage came from.

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It might be, he thinks, a fuel cell from a rocket, and the Powerhouse Museum agrees– they say it’s not uncommon to find space junk in remote Australia.

James Stirton, the farmer, has contacted several US-based aerospace companies to further investigate just what exactly it is that he’s found in his Queensland grazing field.

At least the past would bode well for reaching out to Americans– in 1979, the abandoned Skylab (the American ounterpart to Mir, which you’ll remember also came close to hitting Australia) crashed down outside a small town, which promptly issued a citation for littering to NASA.

The Americans, to their credit called and apologized– President Jimmy Carter, who was a peanut farmer and may or may not have lust in his heart, phoned a local motel.

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