March 29, 2024 at 3:44 pm

Footage Of A Capsule Re-enter Earth’s Atmosphere At Mach 25 Is Absolutely Mesmerizing

by Trisha Leigh

Source: Varda

We’re basically living a science fiction movie 24/7 these days.

Sometimes we’re winning, sometimes we’re losing, but no matter what, our technology is neat enough to make it look good.

The footage of this space capsule falling through the Earth’s atmosphere comes courtesy of space startup Varda Space Industries. It’s moving at around 25 times the speed of sound, and the footage is something to behold.

The clip begins with the capsule floating in outer space, the rocket that delivered it drifting nearby.

As it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere, though, burning particles start racing by, colors ranging from magenta to orange and red as the capsule really heats up.

By the time the orange glow is replaced by the blue aura blanketing the Earth’s surface, we see the capsule sinking into the cloud cover.

It’s the end of an eight-month-long trip meant to see whether or not crystals of an antiviral drug would grow in a microgravity environment.

“The benefits primarily stem from the lack of convection and sedimentation forces, as well as the ability to form more perfect structures due to the absence of gravitational stresses.”

It’s re-entry was delayed by several months when both the US Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration failed to clear its return to Earth.

I’m happy that whenever it returned, this footage was captured and shared.

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