International Space Station to Leave Orbit by the Year 2031

International Space Station to Leave Orbit by the Year 2031

The International Space Station will be removed from its orbit by the year 2031 before it eventually self-destructs above Earth’s atmosphere as stated by space.com.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a large spacecraft that orbits 250 miles above Earth. According to NASA, this station is used as a science lab and home for astronauts. Countries all around the world constructed this spacecraft in pieces. The first piece was launched by Russia in 1998 and overtime more pieces were added. The station was completed in 2011.

According to tech.hindustantimes.com, the International Space Station has been around for two decades, but it eventually must retire before it becomes a space hazard. NASA has decided to crash the International Space Station into an area called Point Nemo located in the Pacific Ocean. 

Over time, this space station has had over 1500 investigations conducted on board. The ISS has also accomplished many missions. One of their accomplishments is the discovery of a new “cold flame.” According to eng.umd.edu, research has been done on the new “cold flame” and they have found that this could ignite the development of the combustion engine of the future. They have also discovered a fifth state of matter called Bose-Einstein condensates according to space.com. The space station found Bose-Einstein in July of 2018. It was produced when an experiment cooled a cloud of rubidium atoms to ten-millionth of a degree above absolute zero. Additional highlights with the International Space Station has done include: 

  • Discoveries in physiology and nutrition have shown studies of bone loss
  • Student investigations and educational activities conducted on the ISS
  • ISS educational activities included over 43 million students from 49 countries

Although the International Space Station is being removed, NASA still plans on continuing its research within its remaining years. “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,” stated Phil McAlister.

For the future without the International Space Station, NASA will plan to organize a way to take one more final flight to remove any reimagining research. The International Space Station has been a home for many crews of astronauts and cosmonauts. Even though the era of the International Space Station is over, part of its legacy will be preserved in space archaeology. NASA will continue to use “lessons from the space station to get astronauts ready for the journey ahead.”