A large, doomed satellite seen from space heading toward a fiery return on February 21 (photos)

Images captured in space show a large, dead satellite falling toward a fiery end in Earth's atmosphere.

Australian commercial imaging company HEO Robotics was able to capture images of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Earth observation satellite ERS-2 on February 14, 2024 when the satellite fell awkwardly toward our planet. ERS-2, or European Remote Sensing 2, was launched in 1995 and spent 16 years observing our planet from space until its mission ended in 2011. Over the course of two months that year, ESA conducted dozens of deorbit maneuvers to begin Bring ERS-2 to a safe demise in Earth's atmosphere. That end is finally scheduled to come this week.

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