What the end of the International Orbiting Space Station will look like
Nasa confirms decommissioning plan: it will plummet into water in 2031
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) confirmed the new decommissioning plan of the International Space Station (ISS) in recent days. This will take place at the end of operations in 2031. After moving out of orbit the structure will take a dip in the waters of the South Pacific Ocean, at Point Nemo, a place about 2,700 km far from the mainland that become a space cemetery.
The end of the International Space Station will come more than 30 years after its launch in 1998. Nasa has estimated that the transition from an old to a new commercial space station would save 1.3 billion dollars in the year 2031. It allows the money to be allocated to "deep space exploration".
The ISS, which orbits the Earth about once every 90 minutes, was originally intended to operate for only 15 years. However, Nasa had stated in a report that "there is high confidence that its life can be further extended to 2030".
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency