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Farewell - Jules Verne's fiery demise. Answered

Europe's first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Jules Verne successfully completed its six-month ISS logistics mission today with its controlled destructive re-entry over a completely uninhabited area of the South Pacific.

Following a final deorbit burn at 14:58 CEST which slowed its velocity by 70 m/s, the ATV entered the upper atmosphere at an altitude of 120 km at 15:31 CEST. It broke up at an altitude of 75 km with the remaining fragments falling into the Pacific some 12 minutes later.

The words and pictures are from the ESA website, but I got first notice from SpaceWeather.

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Plasmana
Plasmana

12 years ago

It looks like a giant firework about to explode...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

and to think, I was going to go swimming in that area too ;-)

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 12 years ago

Really? Did you see that firework-like thing in the air??

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Sorry, I was joking.....meaning I was about to go swimming in the area it came down in, and decided not too....thankfully, or I might have gotten hit on the head. Sometimes I am way too subtle with my joking about...my apologies...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

You weren't too subtle, Plasmana was too literal.

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 12 years ago

LOL! I see...

You got me there! :-)

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

12 years ago

I want to find a piece of Jules Verne on the beach!

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah...