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BBC (30-Jan-2002): 'Minimal' risk from deorbiting spacecraft
The American space agency's Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) spacecraft is due to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and break-up sometime during the next 24 hours.
BBC: (20-Mar-2001): Mir re-entry is unprecedented
… The de-orbiting of Mir would be a routine procedure if it were not for platform's size. At 135 tonnes, Mir is far larger than any other manmade object brought to Earth before.
BBC (03-Sep-2006): Probe crashes into Moon's surface
Europe's lunar satellite, the Smart 1 probe, has ended its mission by crashing onto the Moon's surface in a controlled collision.
American and Russian spacecraft de-orbit; European ones crash.