Some farmers found the remains of an aerospace satellite that fell in an Andean community in southeastern Peru, the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) reported Tuesday.
“According to the first analysis, it would be a fuel tank of a disused satellite,” Commander Pedro Palza of the Center for Aerospace Interests of the FAP.
The incandescent sphere of about two meters in diameter hit Saturday in the depopulated area of the peasant community of Larancahuani in the Puno region, bordering Bolivia, explained Palza.
Before reaching the land the luminous object was spotted from several Amazonian regions, according to images from the FAP.
“We are talking about the part of a satellite that stopped operating. Commonly it is known as space junk, “said the official after noting that the object is made of a metal very resistant to heat.
According to the residents, it is a fireball that would weigh about 40 kilos and in the area there is a smell of electric welding.
Palza informed that the origin of the satellite could have Chinese, Russian or American origin. “We are going to examine it, we are sending a team to investigate its origin,” he added.
The police surrounded the sector where the strange object fell and recommended the population not to approach because it could be radioactive.