Final images of Aeolus during its brief phase as space debris.

The European Space Agency has revealed final images of a trailblazing, wind-profiling spacecraft ahead of its fiery descent into the atmosphere.

On Sept. 5, the European Space Agency (ESA) released an animation constructed from the final eight images captured of its wind-measuring Aeolus spacecraft. The combined radar images show how Aeolus began to tumble as it interacted with the Earth’s atmosphere at near orbital speed. “These images are our final farewell to the mission we all miss, but whose legacy lives on,” Aeolus Mission Manager Tommaso Parrinello said in a statement.

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