ISS to be de-orbited and crashed into Pacific Ocean

Shocking that we're already hearing about this considering the ISS isn't even finished with construction yet.

http://en.rian.ru/science/20110727/165412055.html

The International Space Station (ISS) will be de-orbited and sunk in the Pacific Ocean after 2020 like its Russian predecessor Mir, Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) Deputy Head Vitaly Davydov said on Wednesday.

"We will be forced to sink the ISS. We cannot leave it in orbit as it is a very complicated and a heavy object. There must be no space waste from it," Davydov said in an interview posted on the Roscosmos website.

"We have agreed with our partners that the ISS would function roughly until 2020," he said adding the station's life was initially estimated at 15 years.

madrat – Tue, 2011 – 08 – 02 04:32

why

doesn't make a lot of sense to me

Submitted by griffinh on Tue, 2012-01-10 23:13.

It does suck, BUT.

Thats the thing, it is a man made object and unlike communications satellites, the ISS has to be human livable, the thing is these things don't last forever, specially in space, these "CRAFT" will always have a "lifespan".

That said, by 2020, its gonna outlive most of our cars and do a hell of a lot of miles.

Submitted by Shane_M on Tue, 2011-12-27 21:46.

that sucks

thats bad but we new this would happen someday

Submitted by griffinh on Sun, 2011-12-25 01:43.