Astronaut watches as a Russian space station module falls from space in a fiery doom (photo)

On Monday (July 26), astronauts bid farewell to the cornerstone of the International Space Station and snapped stunning images of a burning compartment in Earth’s atmosphere.

The Russian freighter Progress towed a module called Pirs from the space station and down through the Earth’s atmosphere to ensure that the module burns out completely and to reduce the likelihood of any large chunks landing on the Earth’s surface.

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