ISS astronauts watch Russian cargo ship burn up in Earth’s atmosphere (photos)

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station got a front-row seat to some rare atmospheric “fireworks.”

On Wednesday (Nov. 29), the Russian Progress MS-23 cargo spacecraft departed from the International Space Station (ISS) with a load of refuse no longer needed on the orbital outpost. Specifically, the spacecraft was carrying “old equipment and household waste, or everything the experts have decided to toss from the station,” Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko told Russian media outlet TASS.

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