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NASA Is Retiring ISS In 2030

Published on February 3rd, 2022 | Updated on February 3rd, 2022 | By FanFest

“All good things must come to an end,” a saying that is especially true in NASA headquarters this week. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has stated that it plans to keep the International Space Station operational until the end of 2030. Finally, the spacecraft will be deactivated and sunk into the Pacific Ocean.

“The International Space Station is entering its third and most productive decade as a groundbreaking scientific platform in microgravity,” Robyn Gatens, director of the International Space Station at NASA Headquarters, said in a press release. “This third decade is one of results, building on our successful global partnership to verify exploration and human research technologies to support deep space exploration, continue to return medical and environmental benefits to humanity, and lay the groundwork for a commercial future in low-Earth orbit. We look forward to maximizing these returns from the space station through 2030 while planning for transition to commercial space destinations that will follow.”

The International Space Station (ISS) was constructed in 1991 and has attracted over 200 astronauts from 19 different nations since its inception in 2000.The ISS will come down to Earth and smash into the South Pacific Oceanic Uninhabited Area when it is no longer in use.

According to NASA, the ISS has never been more active since it houses hundreds of experiments. In its place will be three new commercial modules created by three different firms in the United States—Blue Origin, Nanoracks, and Northrop Grumman.

“The private sector is technically and financially capable of developing and operating commercial low-Earth orbit destinations, with NASA’s assistance. We look forward to sharing our lessons learned and operations experience with the private sector to help them develop safe, reliable, and cost-effective destinations in space,” added Phil McAlister, director of commercial space at NASA Headquarters. “The report we have delivered to Congress describes, in detail, our comprehensive plan for ensuring a smooth transition to commercial destinations after retirement of the International Space Station in 2030.”

The U.S. and its allies “will receive capabilities” from three new replacement modules, which are on schedule to be finished in the “late 2020s,” allowing for at least some time to ensure they “match the capabilities of the United States and its partners.”

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