Mysterious fireball was re-entry of Soyuz rocket.
A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying the astronauts - Oleg Kononenko ofRussia, Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands and Don Pettit of the United States - to the International Space Station, lifted off on Wednesdayfrom Kazakhstan's Baikonour space centre.
On Saturday, a trail of bright light moving rapidly across the sky was observed by many people in Germany and was initially thought to be a meteorite, according to a German aerospace official.
He did not exclude the fact that it could also have been space debris - about 60-70 tons of space junk reach Earth each year.
Some witnesses said that at about 1630 GMT they saw three glowing dots with a long tail, which then split up into several parts.
According to Scheutz, many witnesses said it was a shining red light,while others claimed to have seen a white-hot streak.
--SPA 21:14 LOCAL TIME 18:14 GMT
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