Nearly 10 years from now, the zero-gravity laboratory will begin its final journey as it deorbits and retires.
When the International Space Station first began actions, over three decades ago, the science was still evolving, the internet had just arrived and SpaceX was not yet theorized.
Since its began services in 1998, the flying workroom has been a testbed for massive scientific, educational, and technological developments. But like all good things, this manufacturing marvel has an expiry date too. “The International Space Station is entering its third and most productive decade as a ground-breaking scientific platform in microgravity.
This third decade is one of the results, building on our successful global partnership to verify exploration and human research technologies to support deep space exploration, continue to return medical and environmental benefits to humanity, and lay the groundwork for a commercial future in low-Earth orbit.
We look forward to maximizing these returns from the space station through 2030 while planning for the transition to commercial space destinations that will follow,” Robyn Gatens, director of the International Space Station said in a statement.
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