Info on decayed object

From: Agapov Vladimir (
Date: Mon Feb 21 2000 - 09:30:35 PST

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    Permanent Mission of Japan (Vienna) sent verbale note
    dated 20 Jan 2000 to the UN Secretary-General (UN document
    No. A/AC.105/735) with following information which could
    be of some ineterest for post-decay event analysis and
    verifying archive observations.
    "In accordance with article 5, paragraph 1 of the 1968 Agreement
    on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the
    Return of objects Launched into Outer Space, the Permanent
    Representative of Japan hereby wishes to notify the Secretary-General
    that component of a space object have been discovered on
    Japanese territory. The object was found on the beach on Yoron Island 
    in the Kagoshima Prefecture by inhabitants of the island on
    8 November 1999. It is a cylinder-shaped object, which is 6 m
    in length and 1.25 m in diameter. It is believed to be a component
    part of a United States launch vehicle. An investigation concluded
    that the object poses no risk of hazards to people and property,
    and it is temporarily being kept at the village office of the island.
    At present, and in cooperation with Government of the United States,
    efforts to identify the object are  underway.
    In accordance with article 5(1) of the 1968 Agreement cited above,
    the Government of Japan is also notifying the Government of the United
    The Permanent Mission of Japan further has the honour to request
    that this communication be circulated to Member States as an official
    document of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of
    Outer Space."
    Best regards,
    Vladimir Agapov.
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