Photo Courtesy Don Hladiuk And Alan Hildebrand

heard the sonic boom from the SRC and, soon after, two much fainter sonic booms followed by multiple staccato booms from debris associated with the main spacecraft that broke up at a higher altitude. On the drive back to our hotel, we could see the recovery helicopter circling an area a few kilometres east of the highway, presumably over the landing site.

Recording the visual and audible display was why we made this journey. Observing three spacecraft reentries helps us better understand natural fireballs and how eyewitnesses report these spectacular events.

Don Hladiuk arid Alan Hildebrand are professional geologists in Calgary who research meteors, meteorites and impact sites.

coming home A brilliant man-made meteor lit up the sky over South Australia as the Japanese Hayabusa asteroid probe arrived back home.

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