The International Space Station Is Doomed to Die by Fire

The International Space Station Is Doomed to Die by Fire

What goes up must come down—including, sadly enough, the International Space Station. But like the rest of us, the International Space Station is aging. The panel has been raising concerns for at least a decade about how the space station will end, spurred by the then-upcoming retirement of NASA’s space shuttle vehicles, which could have been used to deorbit the International Space Station. “NASA is actively working with the entire International Space Station partnership on plans to safely deorbit the space station at the end of its lifetime,” NASA officials wrote in a statement to Space.com. Their work is based on deorbit procedures conducted on the Russian space station Mir in 2001; the International Space Station is about three times heavier.

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