Mick Miners and Jock Wallace, two sheep farmers in the town of Dalgety, reported finding the object last Thursday. They spoke with Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist at the Australian National University, who noted that their description matched that of a SpaceX craft that re-enter the earth's atmosphere on July 9, twenty months after it was launched in November 2020.
Tucker's initial assessment of the object, which measures about 3 meters (9.8 feet) tall and weighs about 20-30 kilograms (22 66 pounds), was that it "kind of just looks like a burnt tree," and then you come up to it, it's like this alien obelisk almost." The heat-resistant materials, including woven carbon fiber, and signs of re-entry seemed to confirm suspicions.
After technical experts from the Australian Space Agency visited the site on Saturday, the debris has now been confirmed as from a SpaceX craft. The agency is continuing to work with its partners in the United States, as well as other sections of the commonwealth and local authorities as appropriate.
Since the first announcement, another piece of rubble has been discovered, this one further to the west, and more are expected to be discovered in "the coming weeks to months to even years."
SpaceX is currently debating whether or not to collect the junk. Elon Musk's company's actions might jeopardize any potential liability, though so far, the pieces have landed without any injuries, damage, or even craters.
Another out-of-control Chinese rocket had exploded into the atmosphere on Saturday, the third time this happened on the Malaysian island of Borneo. Check out these videos of the components blazing a trail through the night sky.