Suspected Chinese space junk found on Japanese island
An object resembling a rocket fragment bearing the words “China manned spaceflight” has been reported washed up in the Japanese Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, according to the Chinese language version of Kyodo News.
The Taketomi Township Office reported that the object was found on a sandy beach on Kohama Island August 30.
The 4 meter by 2.5 meter white object bears the words “China Manned Spaceflight” in blue, simplified Chinese characters, resembling the logo of China’s manned spaceflight project.
The object was found around 500 meters from a residential area. Some reports say that residents first spotted the object washed up against rocks around two weeks ago, when ocean conditions were affected by a passing typhoon.
The Yaeyama Islands are located around 200 kilometers from the east coast of Taiwan. Last year, a drone found washed up on Taketomi Island was confirmed as belonging to Taiwan’s military research institute, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science.
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