Cameras catch fiery end for cargo capsule - KMSP-TV

Cameras catch fiery end for cargo capsule

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Image courtesy NASA. Image courtesy NASA.

The fiery destruction of an unmanned cargo capsule created a spectacular light show visible from the International Space Station.

This image, released by NASA today, shows the Japanese HTV-4 spacecraft burning up as it reentered Earth's atmosphere on Saturday. 

HTV-4 was launched by Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on August 4, loaded with supplies for the astronauts onboard the station.  After spending a month docked to the orbital outpost, it was released -- filled with waste from the station -- and allowed to burn up in the atmosphere.

A stationary camera onboard the station captured this shot as the capsule streaked through the nighttime atmosphere, eventually burning up.

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