Watch an Astronaut’s Vine Video of a Spaceship Burning Up in Earth’s Atmosphere!

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Aug. 30 2014 7:30 AM

Swan Dive

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Cygnus reentry
The Cygnus resupply vessel burning up upon re-entry to Earth's atmosphere on Aug. 17, 2014. Click to enmeteorenate.

Photo by NASA

A couple of weeks ago I posted a dramatic picture (above) of the Orbital Sciences Cygnus resupply ship, the Janice Voss, burning up on re-entry after a successful mission to the International Space Station.

Yesterday, astronaut Reid Wiseman posted an incredible Vine video of the event. Watch this!

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Wow. I mean seriously, wow. That’s video of a spaceship burning up as seen from above by astronauts on a space station orbiting the Earth.

People keep complaining that we don’t have flying cars. Those people are silly. The future: We are in you.

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!