Experts Probe Whether Space Junk is From Exploding Russian Satellite
By Jill Reilly
• Metal apparatus fell in Qiqihar, northeast China's Heilongjiang provinceObjects that crashed to the ground in China have been identified as space debris, state media reported, after a Russian rocket carrying a communications satellite fell back to Earth minutes after lift-off.
• Several objects appeared to have fallen from the sky on Friday
• One of the parts is a metal dome with jagged, blackened edges
Qiqihar city in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia’s far east, reported that several objects appeared to have fallen from the sky on Friday, the Xinhua news agency said.
One of the parts is a metal dome with jagged, blackened edges.
After analysis, experts have concluded they were 'parts from a carrier rocket or a satellite', Xinhua said Sunday, citing the China National Space Administration.
Authorities were communicating on the issue 'with relevant parties,' it added.
On Friday the Russian rocket ferrying one of Europe's most powerful satellites into space exploded in the earth's atmosphere, setting the former Soviet state's commercial space program back 'three to four years'. . . .
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