The metalic object COULD be a part of it. But, if so, I would think that the space program needs better materials than a scant 1.5 billion dollars can buy. Maybe it should have cost 2 billion. **Sarcasm here**And, if it isn't a part of it, I very much doubt we'll hear the truth of it. Not that I am a conspiracy theorist but to think our government is honest all the time... ha.