HTV-4 Cargo Droid Lights Up The Night Sky as It Re-enters

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HTV-4 Reenters Earth's Atmosphere

A stationary camera onboard the International Space Station took this picture of the Japanese HTV-4 cargo spacecraft as it entered Earth's atmosphere on Sept. 7, 2013 subsequently burning up.

HTV-4 was launched by Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Aug. 4, 2013 in order to bring up supplies for the astronauts and cosmonauts onboard the station, and after spending a month docked to the orbital outpost, it was released on Sept. 4.

ISS036-E-041384 (7 Sept. 2013) --- high res (2.6 M) low res (60 K)

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