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Capsule Full of Space Station Junk Makes Fiery Re-Entry

Capsule Full of Space Station Junk Makes Fiery Re-Entry

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A capsule filled with space station trash bit the cosmic dust Wednesday with a keenly interested scientific audience. The cargo carrier broke apart and burned up while re-entering Earth's atmosphere high above the Pacific. Researchers gathered information on the breakup from sensors it carried, in hopes that the data will improve future spacecraft. Built by Virginia-based Orbital ATK Inc., the capsule had been cut loose from the International Space Station last week. It followed its own orbit until it was steered into the atmosphere, where it was consumed by the heat of re-entry. The vessel had been the scene of another fiery experiment shortly after it left the space station. A large blaze deliberately was ignited in it so Nasa could study the spread of flames in weightlessness. Like the...