The Russian Progress MS-23 cargo spacecraft burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere after taking off from the International Space Station (ISS), Wednesday, November 29, 2023. Photo/NASA/Roscosmos
MOSCOW – The Russian Progress MS-23 cargo spacecraft burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere after taking off from the International Space Station (ISS), Wednesday 29 November 2023. The Progress MS-22 cargo cargo was no longer needed in the orbital post.
The Russian space agency Roscosmos, most of the spacecraft’s fuselage and its contents burned high above Earth like sparks from fireworks. Some of the material carried managed to fall into the Pacific Ocean, safely.
“In particular, the spacecraft was carrying old equipment and household waste. “Including everything that experts decided to throw away from the station,” Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko told Russian media TASS, quoted by SINDOnews from the Space page, Thursday (30/11/2023).
This moment was immortalized by NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli who served on the ISS. He photographed a Russian cargo spacecraft as it burned like fireworks in Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in some incredible photos.
“(The process) It happened faster than I thought and only took about 2-3 minutes. It reminds me a bit of fireworks, especially when they explode,” Moghbeli wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
The process of a spacecraft re-entering the atmosphere and exploding like that is standard practice for cargo ships that cannot be reused after leaving the ISS. Two of the three spacecraft currently used for delivery of goods, Russia’s Progress capsule and Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus.
These ships are routinely jettisoned into the atmosphere after delivering supplies to the ISS. Apart from that, the station’s docking port can be reused for new cargo shipments.
However, the third spacecraft currently used to transport this cargo, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, can return to Earth for a safe landing. This cargo ship is also reused for subsequent launches.
Russia plans to launch another Progress spacecraft to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, December 1, 2023. This spacecraft is carrying three tons of food, fuel and other supplies for cosmonauts on the ISS as part of the Expedition 70 mission.