International Space Station to be ‘sunk’ after 2020

(RAWSTORY)   Russia and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station (ISS) into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020 so as not to leave space junk, the space agency said on Wednesday.

“After it completes its existence, we will be forced to sink the ISS. It cannot be left in orbit, it’s too complex, too heavy an object, it can leave behind lots of rubbish,” said deputy head of Roskosmos space agency Vitaly Davydov.

“Right now we’ve agreed with our partners that the station will be used until approximately 2020,” he said in comments released on Wednesday.

Space junk is becoming an increasingly serious headache.

A piece of space debris narrowly missed the space station last month in a rare incident that forced the six-member crew to scramble to their rescue craft.

The ISS, which orbits 350 kilometres (220 miles) above Earth, is a sophisticated platform for scientific experiments bringing together space agencies from Russia, the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada.

Launched in 1998, the ISS was initially expected to remain in space for 15 years until an agreement was reached to keep it operating through 2020.

By going into a watery grave, the ISS will repeat the fate of its predecessor space station Mir which Russia sank in the Pacific Ocean in 2001 after 15 years of service.

Moscow this month proclaimed the beginning of “the era of the Soyuz” after the US shuttle’s last flight left the Russian system as the sole means for delivering astronauts to the ISS.

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4 Responses to International Space Station to be ‘sunk’ after 2020

  • What a waste of money.

  • Why not push it away from the earth and orbit it around the moon, if there is any working life to it.

  • This shows yet again how scientists treat the Oceans as garbage dumps. How long before humans and their technolgy destroys the oceans entirely?

  • Much of this Station is not that old and still state of the art equipment…but how can you “ask” for more and new money if you already have a completed ISS? Sending it into orbit around the Moon sounds perfectly good to me…put those on it who think we need to retire this modern marvel as well…

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