4 Feb 2022
NASA: International Space Station to Crash into the Pacific Ocean in 2031
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced this week that the International Space Station (ISS) is set to crash into the Pacific Ocean in 2031.
The ISS, which has been in orbit since 1998, is a five space agency-backed initiative that has conducted over 3,000 research explorations till date.
The ISS will continue to work until early 2031 when it is scheduled to crash into Point Nemo in the Pacific Ocean which is the furthest from land on Earth. Also referred to as the “spacecraft cemetery”, several old satellites have crashed here, including Russia’s Mir in 2001.
This comes as NASA revealed the commercial sector’s takeover of space activities close to the planet from this point forward. The Director of Commercial Space at NASA Headquarters, Phil McAlister said, "The private sector is technically and financially capable of developing and operating commercial low-Earth orbit destinations, with NASA's assistance."
NASA contends that by transferring low space activities to the commercial sector, it would save $1.3 billion which can instead be used by the organization for purpose of deep space investigation.