Mir burning up

Mir burning up

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mir burning up. Computer artwork of the Russian space station Mir burning up as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere. After 15 years in orbit, its planned re-entry on March 23, 2001, resulted in its break-up over the Pacific Ocean. Mir was launched in February 1986 and spent 15 years in orbit around the Earth, being used to carry out numerous scientific experiments.

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Keywords: 2001, artwork, breaking up, burning, cis, debris, earth, earth's atmosphere, exploding, explosion, fire, flames, flight, illustration, manned spaceflight, mir, program, programme, re-entry, russian, satellite, soviet, space, space station

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