Washington: The US space agency NASA plans to retire the International Space Station (ISS) by the end of 2030, after which the ISS is expected to return to Earth. NASA has stated in its recent ISS transition report that after extending the ISS operational period till the end of 2030, it will be dropped into the depths of the South Pacific at Point Nemo.
According to NASA, ISS operators will carry out a ‘re-entry burn’ operation to bring it down as much as possible and ensure its safe entry into space. NASA said that after the retirement of ISS, commercial space platforms will replace it for cooperation and scientific research.
“The International Space Station is entering its third and most productive decade as a major scientific platform in microgravity,” said Robin Gatons, director of ISS at NASA headquarters.