Horizon-to-horizon meteor created by Cygnus OA6 reentry


Cygnus OA6 re-entered at 13:29 UT, June 22, 2016, creating a horizon-to-horizon meteor.

What goes up normally comes down in a fiery blaze of glory.

WOW! Look at this! It’s not a fireball but the Orbital ATK’s latest Cygnus spacecraft turning into a brilliant fireball across the horizon above the Pacific Ocean.

The video was taken from an airplane taking part in the Cygnus Shallow Re-entry Observation Campaign. These data will help predicting what will happen when the International Space Station is decommissioned not until after 2024.

The ISS will indeed fall back to Earth, breaking apart in the Earth’s atmosphere and splashing down in the ocean (hopefully!).

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