MOSCOW, July 27 (RIA Novosti)
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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.
The ISS has been functioning for 13 years now after receiving numerous international space expeditions.
Asked whether a new space station will be built, Davydov said "there are several possibilities."
The Mir space station was in operation from 1983 to 1998 before being sunk in the Pacific Ocean in a "spacecraft cemetery" not far from Christmas Island in 2000.
The agreement to construct the ISS was signed January 29, 1998 in Washington by representatives from Canada, members of the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan, Russia and the United States.
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- ratnikinternational space station21:28, 27/07/2011The ISS should be eqipped with the means of independently elevating or changing it's orbit so that the United Nations can use it to police arms control agreements. And it is long overdue that China be asked to contribute crew-members. The next 9 years are crucial to establishing world peace.
- RizaAfghanhahaha16:28, 28/07/2011hahaha good luck with that :P
sunk it where ever you want.
- email@example.comSo much work, effort and money to be sunk in the Pacific01:04, 05/08/2011When I first read this article I was shocked that the ISS would de-orbited so soon. Then I realized that the space station still has a good 10 years of life left.
Still 2020 sounds like such a short time for the ISS to be in orbit, espcially when you think of all the billions of dollars that went into building it.
Based on this surprising news, do Space Stations have a finite life?
Are the conditions of space so harsh that cosmic rays and other dangers render the Space Station to dangerous to live in after a 10 to 20 year period?
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