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Rocket debris found on northern Okinawa beach

Date Posted: 2011-10-28

A passing boater discovered what he first thought were pieces of aircraft wreckage on a beach in Hirajima, but the Nakagusuku Coast Guard Office says it turns out the debris belongs to a rocket launched from Japanís Tanegashima Space Center.

The Coast Guard investigated the discovery on the beach near Henoko in Nago City, recovered the pieces and contacted the JAXA. Officials say the parts belong to a Satellite Fare Ring that sits on the pointed head of the H2A rocket launched from the space center. JAXA is to receive the parts.

Included in the debris was a piece of white colored metal curved plate, about 7.8cm high, 2.1cm wide and 5cm think. Officials say the pieces could have come from a rocket launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on September 23rd. The fare ring is a mechanism that separates from the rocket after launch, then falls into the sea. Officials say the part doesnít include any dangerous elements.

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