THE mysterious discovery made on Trinidad's south coast on Saturday, may be debris from a rocket ship or satellite.
The debris likely came from a space-craft that lifted off in French Guiana on the east coast of South America.
Director General of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority Ramesh Lutchmedial said this was the report he received from the authority’s inspectors who visited the site and examined the debris.
Lutchmedial said : “Rockets from the French-based firm Arianespace are launched in French Guiana. Stages of rockets would jettison into the ocean and they are washed ashore sometimes. Ever so often a piece washes ashore. And it is not from an aircraft, it is one of the stages that the aircraft goes through”.
Penal Police said they were contacted by a lifeguard who made the discovery while jogging along the beach near Morne Diablo.
“It is not harmful to the public in any way. I must commend the public for their civic mindedness to call the authorities which is something that we encourage. That when someone sees something that has fallen off an aircraft they call us and we can investigate”, said Lutchmedial.
According to the website www.space.com, the Ariane 5 rocket, blasted off from French Guiana around dusk on February 7 carrying telecommunications satellites for two different clients.
Debris from the booster rockets that detach during launch, have washed up on the coast of Trinidad and Barbados in the past.