Defunct satellite heading to Earth
A defunct satellite has entered the atmosphere but there is no information yet on whether any of its pieces have crashed into Earth, Germany's Aerospace Centre said.
Agency spokesman Andreas Schuetz said there was no indication yet above which continent or country the Rosat scientific research satellite entered the atmosphere.
He said scientists are no longer able to communicate with the dead satellite and it must have travelled about 12,500 miles in the last 30 minutes before entering the atmosphere.
Experts are now waiting for "observations from around the world".
Most parts of the minivan-sized satellite have been expected to burn up during re-entry, but up to 30 fragments weighing 1.87 tons could crash into Earth at speeds up to 280mph.