Look: Astronauts Capture Amazing Photo of Spacecraft's Fiery EndThe cargo ship disintegrated in a ball of fire as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere
ATVs carry cargo to the ISS every 17 months. They then spend up to six months at the station, where they are filled with waste. The ATVs are then detached and sent back through Earth's atmosphere, where they inevitably disintegrate. Albert Einstein docked at the ISS on June 15, 2013, and five months later, the ATV was filled with waste and jettisoned toward Earth.
The ESA's control center in Toulousse, France, directed Albert Einstein's descent so that its destruction occurred over an uninhabited area of the Pacific Ocean. Astronauts photographed the incredible display when Albert Einstein was about 62 miles directly below them. It is the first view of an ATV reentry since the first, an ATV called Jules Verne, in 2008.
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