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The European Space Agency yesterday sent its space truck Johannes Kepler to a fiery death over the South Pacific in a perfectly-executed "destructive re-entry" at the end of the spacecraft's four-month mission to the International Space Station. ESA's second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-2) plunged into Earth's atmosphere …

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Feels like a waste to me.

Storage etc etc Extra bedrooms .....

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Shame

Although I understand the reasons behind the decision to destroy the JK on re-entry, it is a pity - it would be useful to try to recover some of this hardware. If nothing else, it could act as a static feature to encourage people to get more interested in space flight.

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Pictures would have been nice...

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Stop using the south pacific as garbage dump!

Oi! You lot up in the northern hemisphere! Stop using OUR oceans as a dump for your crap! Either develop a better way for dealing with your garbage, or drop the bloody things in your oceans for a change.

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The space truck looked like that classic rock LP cover for a while

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6000km

west of Chile could have been close to the former French Polynesia. Or is la belle still an empire ?

AND Kepler WAS an unburnt medieval math genius till now.

Space exploration. The ultimate in throw-away consumption, no ?

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