The Russian-constructed Progress cargo ship went down in flames (on purpose) on Monday (July 29), and a space station astronaut made sure to seize its fiery doom on the digital camera.”Mentioned goodbye to Progress 72 today to make room for 73P displaying up on Wednesday. Caught this shot of it during reentry,” NASA astronaut Nick Hague wrote on Twitter Monday. “It seemed like a giant firework that lasted minutes — flickering, sparking, and pulsing with brightness earlier than it faded into the darkness.”
Hague watched Progress 72’s demise from the International Space Station, where he and five different space travelers bid farewell to the uncrewed cargo ship because it undocked itself from the Russian-built Pirs module after four months linked to the orbiting lab.
“It would reenter the Earth’s atmosphere loaded with trash and discarded gear for a fiery, however secure disposal over the Pacific Ocean,” NASA officials wrote in a status update Monday.
As Hague’s photography reveals, the disposable spacecraft broke apart right into a shower of bits because it burned up in Earth’s atmosphere. The cosmic funeral pyre marked the top of a delivery mission that started with an April 4 launch to the station. A Russian Soyuz rocket is planned to launch Progress 73 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday (July 31) at 8:10 a.m. EDT (1210 GMT). The mission comes less than a week after the arrival of a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship at the station. That mission launched into orbit Thursday (July 25) and arrived on Saturday (July 27).