I should have posted this weeks back, but in case you missed it earlier, here’s video of ESA’s “Jules Verne” logistics vehicle re-entering over the south Pacific:
The Jules Verne was used to carry supplies and equipment up to the International Space Station this past spring, then used to dispose of broken gear and trash late this September.
Here’s the small text you can barely read at the beginning of the video:
In the early morning hours of September 29, 2008, the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle, named “Jules Verne,” completed its six-month logistics mission to the International Space Station and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.
To observe the fiery re-entry, a team of scientists took off from Tahiti, French Polynesia, onboard two aircraft: NASA’s DC-8 airborne laboratory and a Gulfstream V jet and flew southwest to the re-entry site high above the Pacific Ocean.
The aircraft were loaded with a variety of cameras and sensors capable of imaging the event in the visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths of light, as well as gathering spectroscopic data.
The following video was shot by a team from NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. using a high-definition video camera.