Atmospheric re-entry, as seen from the ISS

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Last year, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) carried cargo to the ISS using their HTV-4 spacecraft. To return the favour, a stationary camera on the ISS captured this awe-inspiring photograph of HTV-4 returning to Earth.

HTV-4 was launched on August 4th, 2013, and stayed docked to the International Space Station until September 4th. This photograph is taken during Earth re-entry on September 7th, and was highlighted as part of #LiveFromSpace on March 14th.

Image source: NASA