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Authorities set to move mystery ‘space’ object that washed up on WA beach

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The task of tracking down the source of a mystery object found beached in Western Australia continues for state and federal authorities, with the large metallic cylinder set to be moved to a secret location.

The item was discovered near Green Head, 250km north of Perth on the state’s Mid West Coast, on Saturday.

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Authorities are in talks with the Shire of Coorow over the planned relocation and storage of the object, but it could be weeks before it is formally identified and its origin revealed.

The Australian Space Agency (ASA) said the device, which appears to be partly made of a woven material, could be part of a space vehicle and is contacting other international agencies in a bid to identify it.

The find — which was dubbed an “unidentified floating object” — is understood to have been at sea for months before washing up in WA, given its barnacle-encrusted and rusty exterior.

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