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The destruction of the cargo ferry Albert Einstein was intentional, in order to help scientists learn about the physics of re-entry from space.
A European Space Agency (ESA) cargo capsule went out in a blaze of glory this weekend after finishing its mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).
The destruction of the capsule was intentional, designed to help scientists learn about the physics of re-entry from space.
The five-month mission of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) cargo ferry, Albert Einstein, began on June 5 from the European spaceport in French Guiana.
It took 10 days to reach the ISS with over 5,000 pounds of cargo. The items delivered included everything from food to clothes to spare parts. It also brought supplies to run the experiments taking place onboard.
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After being packed with a record-breaking amount of trash, the ISS was sent packing into oblivion.
The ATV and its trash dissolved in the atmosphere within seconds.