SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jules Verne Spacecraft, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jules Verne Spacecraft, More
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September 29, 2008--Returning home with a bang, or at least a flash, the ESA's Jules Verne spacecraft streaked through Earth's atmosphere during a September 29 reentry over the uninhabited South Pacific.

The craft disintegrated, as designed, at an altitude of 47 miles (75 kilometers) and was filmed from a DC-8 aircraft. Its fragments splashed into the Pacific 12 minutes later.

The Jules Verne successfully delivered new cargo to the International Space Station and offloaded some 2.5 tons of waste.
—Image by ESA
 
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