DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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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