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July 15, 2009

NASA to junk space station in 2016

Posted: 10:33 AM ET

After a decade of costly construction, the International Space Station is nearing completion. But NASA won't have long to enjoy the achievement.

According to an article from the Washington Post, NASA space station program manager Michael T. Suffredini raised eyebrows when, at a public hearing last month, he declared flatly that NASA plans to de-orbit the station in 2016.

That means the $100 billion research facility, which has been circling Earth since 1998, will ultimately burst into flames as it reenters the Earth's atmosphere and crashes into the Pacific Ocean.

Budget constraints and the lack of a shuttle program, which is set to retire in 2010, may have persuaded NASA to end the space station program.

The Washington Post explains:

The rap on the space station has always been that it was built primarily to give the space shuttle somewhere to go. Now, with the shuttle being retired at the end of 2010, the station is on the spot. U.S. astronauts will be able to reach the station only by getting rides on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft.

There is no official lobbying to extend the mission, but NASA's plans have met with criticism. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) argues, "If we've spent a hundred billion dollars, I don't think we want to shut it down in 2015."

While speaking to a panel charged by the Obama administration with reviewing the entire human spaceflight program, Nelson affirmed, "My opinion is it would be a travesty to de-orbit this thing... If we get rid of this darned thing in 2015, we're going to cede our leadership in human exploration."

What do you feel should be done with the International Space Station? Does the initial $100 billion investment justify extending the program, or should we simply cut our losses and look toward a new future of space exploration?

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Scott   November 12th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

@Rick C Krefting – I am more disgusted with your deplorable spelling. For proponents of space exploration and exploitation to be successful, their message really does need to at least show some semblance of intelligence and understanding.

Please do not use the tenants of a science fiction fantasy as the basis for an argument on reality.


A Different Scott   November 12th, 2010 2:43 pm ET

@Scott – Proper spelling is best used in conjunction with correct word choice. The space station may have tenants, who may pay with greenbacks or bottles of Saurian brandy, but science fiction fantasies have tenets which may merit further discussion.


asher   November 13th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

we as a peaple spend 100 billion on a space station just to see it burn up in 6 years wast what are u thinking come on wake up talk abought wastfull spending we could have used that money to house and clouth needy peaple insted of wasting it as you did come on mr presadent you can feed a person for 80 cents aday add it up 80 c devided by 100 billoin thats alot of less hungry peaple in the world right


MateoDiego   November 18th, 2010 4:23 pm ET

All these comments are far more interesting then the article itself. I see the situation a little differently… Without knowing for sure, I am confident that there is a more than good reason for scrapping the ISS, but I sure would like to know why just the same.

It appears NASA needs to do some serious PR about what they are up to. Clearly they have a plan, although I am sure the plan is a constantly evolving plan. That plan needs to be communicated in such a way that the people that are ultimately paying the bills can understand. This has always been the problem with science or military based government organizations. They know what they are doing (or at least we hope), but nobody else does.


Gary Gilham   November 18th, 2010 4:51 pm ET

What! This blog is still active after a year and 4 months, and it hasn't deteriorated into rants about Jesus and other sky-gods? Maybe there are some critical thinking Americans out there after all!

Its time NASA starts planning to dismantle the ISS and re-configure the parts into a giant cartwheel al a "2001 Space Odyssey", originally sketched by Von Braun in 1946, and illustrated in picture books by Willy Ley in the 1950's. Any grade 3'er would understand that a revolving space station would provide an artificial gravity environment for its occupants. For what reason has something like this not been built yet? Let's see... all the NASA funding has been channeled into funding the wars in the Middle East...


Saint   December 8th, 2010 4:30 pm ET

The station can be the go between Earth and the Moon and Beyond so why skuttle it. when going to the moon and building a base there then they can put another station between the moon and Mars maybe. Making them refueling and parts stations to journey further into space. Making them jump off points so to speak.


fx   July 25th, 2011 2:28 pm ET

the space station is currently set up as a refuge for the ulta rich to move to in case of a worldwide biological economic or nucular event .the shuttle program wil continue in a secret location so it can be accesed by world leaders and powerful people .


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