Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson is currently searching for an unidentified flying object — or some sort of space entity — that has crashed near the coast of Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean.
The search is part of the Galileo Project, which received $1.5 million in funding from Hoskinson in March.
The project is operating an expedition led by Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb and his student Amir Siraj, who identified a “meteor of interstellar origin” that crashed into Earth from outer space in 2014.
The object’s interstellar origin has been verified by the United States Department of Defence, and the Galileo team may have already found a couple of its remnants.
In a June 16 tweet, Hoskinson confirmed he is currently with the expedition team, saying they have found strange pieces of wire and fragments that could be from the crash.
“Plenty of ground to cover and we haven’t even broken out the sluice sled yet,” he said.
In a blog post on the same day, Loeb wrote: “Gladly, we already have one anomaly: a manganese-platinum wire with an abundance pattern that differs from common commercial products.”
However, at this stage, it appears to be too early to confirm if the pieces belong to some sort of “interstellar object from our cosmic neighborhood,” as Loeb hopes.
“Most importantly, I wish to know whether it was manufactured technologically by another civilization,” he said in a blog post on June 15.
This isn’t the first time Hoskinson has thrown capital behind a quirky project.
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