Saturday, October 11, 2008

Spacecraft Explodes Like Fireworks on Reentry

This is not a Ufo guys but an interesting video released Monday by NASA, the Jules Verne unmanned cargo ship put on a rare fireworks display as it burned up and exploded on September 29, 2008.

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In the footage, the disposable spacecraft is seen reentering Earth's atmosphere at the end of its five-month resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Astronauts packed Jules Verne with 2.8 tons of trash before sending it off to burn in a controlled plunge over the South Pacific. Two research aircraft captured data on the spectacle, including this video, to refine models of reentry.

"When Mir reentered, the Russians did not release a lot of information," ESA spokesperson Franco Bonacina said in reference to the Russian space lab that fell to Earth in 2001. "So every time that we can gain knowledge on reentry is certainly an advantage."
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Anonymous said...

this was the asteroid that crashed in sudan..

Anonymous said...

Whoa, that was amazing!

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