HTV's destructive re-entry recorded from space

Japan's HTV cargo craft plunged back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, leaving a brilliant trail of fire visible from astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Designed to dispose of trash by burning up during re-entry, the H-2 Transfer Vehicle left the space station Sept. 4 and fell back to Earth on Sept. 7. The barrel-shaped unmanned cargo freighter launched Aug. 3 and delivered 3.6 tons of supplies to the space station.

The HTV's re-entry was choreographed to be timed while the space station was flying overhead.

The imagery below was recorded by a stationary camera mounted in the Destiny laboratory's Earth-facing window and by an astronaut monitoring the re-entry.

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See a larger image. Credit: NASA

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