World Briefs: Contact with comet orbiter regained

Contact with comet orbiter regained

PARIS • Europe's trailblazing spacecraft Rosetta has resumed its mission to probe a comet hurtling through the solar system after contact was lost for nearly 24 hours, mission control said.

The orbiter's navigation system, which works by tracking the position of stars, likely became confused after mistaking dust particles near the comet surface for faraway heavenly bodies, the European Space Agency said. Contact was reestablished by Monday.


EgyptAir denies plane sent warnings

DUBLIN • EgyptAir's chairman denied media reports that the airliner which crashed into the Mediterranean last month had sent a series of technical warnings during flight in the 24 hours before it disappeared.

Mr Safwat Musallam said yesterday Flight MS804 had not experienced any maintenance issues before departure.


Canada wildfire evacuees return

FORT MCMURRAY (Canada) • The first convoys of residents have returned to wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray, a month after they were forced to flee the Canadian city due to the inferno. By Wednesday, 7,500 people had returned. The rest of the nearly 100,000 forced to evacuate the area last month are scheduled to follow over the next two weeks, officials said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe