I have been walking past this rocket shaped thing at the ANU recently. I just assumed it was another piece of public art.
One day I had a closer look and realised it is one of the Phoenix capsules from the 2010 Copiapó mining accident. The capsules were used to rescue the 33 Chilean Miners who were trapped underground for 69 days when their mine collapsed.
I suspect this was a backup. The example used to rescue the miners is estimated to be valued at $1 million and has been the object of ownerships disputes between the mining company and the Chilean Navy.
Internet reports suggest that it has been donated to Australia. It is now permanently located in the Latin American Plaza between Childers St and Marcus Clarke St in Acton.
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