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Friday, 23 March, 2001, 12:51 GMT
In pictures: Mir's return
Observers on islands in the South Pacific were treated to a spectacular light show as fragments of the Russian space station Mir burned up as they plunged to Earth.

Fragments burn up on entering atmosphere
Larger fragments of Mir provided a light show as they burned up

Fragments
The pieces finally splashed down in the South Pacific

Beach in Fiji
Observers said they heard sonic booms after watching the streaks of light

Shoppers watch television screens in Bangkok
The space station's last journey sparked interest around the world

Russian Mission Control in Korolyov near Moscow
The first crew were remembered at Russian mission control

Russian Mission Control in Korolyov near Moscow
Time to rest after an anxious wait for the mission to be declared a success



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