Washington, March 21 : Through an unprecedented experiment, a Japanese astronaut has discovered that boomerangs can work in space the same way they do on Earth.
According to a spokeswoman at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, astronaut Takao Doi, who was aboard the International Space Station, threw a boomerang and saw it come back much like the way if it would have been thrown on Earth.
A report in The Australian stated that Doi threw the boomerang after a request from compatriot Yasuhiro Togai, a world boomerang champion.
"I was very surprised and moved to see that it flew the same way it does on Earth," the Mainichi Shimbun daily quoted the 53-year-old astronaut as telling his wife in a chat from space.
The space agency said a videotape of the experiment would likely be released later.
Doi travelled on US shuttle Endeavour on the March 11 blast-off and successfully delivered the first piece of a Japanese laboratory to the International Space Station.