Objects 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.
Europe on Thursday launched the first in a constellation of hi-tech satellites designed to monitor Earth for climate change and environmental damage and help disaster relief operations.
The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 entered its sixth day on Thursday, with the focus on Chinese satellite images showing possible debris in the South China Sea near where the plane lost contact.
A senior Chinese aviation official said Thursday that the authorities could not confirm any link between the floating objects captured on Chinese satellite images to a Malaysia Airlines jet missing for more than five days.
Malaysia said Thursday it dispatched an aircraft to investigate the site where Chinese satellites photographed three “suspected floating objects,” near an area where several nations have been hunting for wreckage from a missing passenger plane.