NASA plans to retire the International Space Station by 2031 by crashing it into the Pacific Ocean

 

 

 NASA intends to keep operating the International Space Station until the end of 2031, after which the ISS would be crashed into a remote part of the Pacific Ocean known as Point Nemo, according to newly published plans outlining its future. 

For over two decades, the International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting Earth at a speed of about eight kilometres per second, while an international crew of astronauts and cosmonauts onboard conducted groundbreaking scientific investigations that have thrown open the doors for deep space exploration. But now NASA has announced that the spacecraft will cease operations in 2031, after which it will fall out of orbit and plunge into the waters of the South Pacific Ocean.

 

History of International Space Station:

Launched in 1984, the space lab has orbited 227 nautical miles above Earth with more than 200 astronauts from 19 different countries enjoying stints aboard -- representing a continuous human presence in space.

The International Space Station was the brainchild of former US President Ronald Reagan, who in 1984 proposed building a permanently inhabited spacecraft in cooperation with a few other countries. In 1998, the first piece of the space station, a control module, was launched into space onboard a Russian rocket. About two weeks later, a crew onboard the US’ Endeavour space shuttle attached the control module with another part, the Unity node.

 

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Facts about (ISS)

1. The most expensive man-made object is the International Space Station .

 
2. The ISS cost a total of $150 billion to develop and build, with NASA picking up most of that bill while Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada each contributed

 
3. The space station completes 16 orbit of earth in just 24 hours. travelling through 16 sunrises and sunsets with the speed of 5 miles per second 

 
4. The space station is about 357ft long from end to end - that's about the same as a football pitch.

 
5. The international space station weighs about 420,000kg - that's about the same as 320 cars

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