Mysterious Metal Object Crashes In Myanmar

Posted: Nov 11 2016, 7:09pm CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Mysterious Metal Object Crashes in Myanmar
Credit: Ko Muang Myo

A massive cylindrical structure has landed on a remote site of Myanmar. The object is thought to be a part of spacecraft or satellite

A large, cylindrical object has fallen down into a remote mining area in north Myanmar.

The metal object, which is about 4 feet across and 15 feet long, crashed into a village of Kachin state with a loud booming noise, while another piece of metal bearing Chinese writing tore through a nearby home. Though, no injuries were reported.

“Initially, we thought it was a battle. The explosion made our houses shake. We saw the smoke from our village.” Villager Daw Ma Kyi told The Myanmar Times.

The pieces look like a part of single source and Chinese script carved into one of the pieces suggests that both belong to a Chinese satellite or aircraft. The satellite likely destroyed in space and some of its pieces headed towards the Earth. Local authorities are still investigating where those pieces come from.

“I think it was an engine because I found a diode and many copper wires at the tail of the body,” said villager Ko Maung Myo. “It also looks like a jet engine block.”

On Wednesday, China has launched the Long March 11 rocket carrying five satellites and an X-ray pulsar navigation spacecraft from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in inner Mongolia. Parts of the rocket were also jettisoned during the launch but China has not confirmed that the newfound parts came from the specific rocket. The location, however, makes the cylindrical structure discovery in line with the rocket launch site.

“Myanmar is directly to the south of the launch site and this would put the country directly under launch trajectory for that rocket,” said Clemens Rumpf, a space debris researcher at Southampton University told The Guardian.

“It is entirely plausible that the first or second stage of the rocket could have come down there. In general, the first stage of any rocket does not make it to orbit and thus falls down somewhere downrange from the launch site”

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