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article imageVideo: Russian experts puzzle over 200-kilo 'UFO' space junk

By JohnThomas Didymus     Mar 22, 2012 in Technology
Russian space experts are trying to explain a chunk of metal that allegedly crashed to Earth from space close to the Siberian village of Otradnensky about 2,000 miles east of Moscow.
According to villagers, the metallic chunk that looks like a large waste bin fell from the skies, but Russian experts say they have examined the object and concluded it neither fell from a rocket nor from a missile.
The object weighs about 200 kilograms and it is about two meters high and six feet long (see video). Villagers who found it in the forest towed it to the village where local inspectors first examined it.
A Siberian local Sergei Sulein said: "You can see inside it, all is open, it's empty, no danger here. We were asked to take and store it. We brought it here. And now we are going to wait until they come to take it if they need it."
According to Daily Mail, the man who found the object, Sergey Bobrov, promised to keep it safe, but locals say "police came during the night and secretly removed it." The object is now under police guard following orders from undisclosed authorities.
Daily Mail reports the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said: "The object found is not related to space technology. A final conclusion can be made after a detailed study of the object by experts.
UFO space junk  Siberia
UFO space junk, Siberia
Yuri Bornyakov, head of rescue service department of the Kuibyshevski district of Novosibirsk region, said: "We measured the radiation level near and inside the object. We found no radiation here."
Despite of the conclusion by Russian space experts that it is not related to space technology, and locals insist the object fell from the skies. According to villagers, they heard sounds in the thick woodland in December but found the object on Sunday and reported to the police.
Russian media has speculated that it fell off from a space rocket or satellite in a failed launch in Kazakhstan. But Russian space officials have denied this.
UFO space junk  Siberia
UFO space junk, Siberia
However, Valery Vasiliev, the head of the Department of Civil Defence and Emergency Situations of the Kuibyshevski, confirmed that the fragment was made of ultra strong titanium. Daily Mail also reports the metallic chunk is partially made of titanium steel.
Titanium is a strong, lustrous, low density, corrosion-resistant transition metal with silvery colour. It is often alloyed with iron, aluminium and other materials to produce strong lightweight alloys for jet engines, missiles, and spacecraft.
The titanium material of the 'UFO' object suggests it is related to space technology. Denial by the Russian experts may only fuel UFO speculations.
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