The Minerva uses its Tannhauser cannon to destroy the large debris but hundreds of small pieces descend towards Earth and destroy cities while causing heavy damage and numerous casualties. Meanwhile, Shinn saves Athrun and they both land safely on the Minerva, which has entered the atmosphere. After the incident ZAFT provides aid to the damaged Earth, while the Minerva crew is informed about what the terrorists had said. The Minerva then heads towards Orb.
In order to finish with the destruction of Junius Seven, the Minerva continues its atmospheric re-entry and makes a rough landing in the Pacific Ocean. Despite their effort, however, the fragments still caused disasters and the Earth suffered extensive damage all over the world.
Meanwhile, the Minerva, originally destined for Carpentaria, heads to Orb to repair the damage and drop off Cagalli. Along the shore somewhere in Orb, Kira Yamato, who has lived in seclusion since the previous war, senses a storm of fate approaching.