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Space Station Is Near Completion, Maybe the End: Plan to 'De-Orbit' in 2016

• Washington Post

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Comment by Ed Price
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When they say they will de-orbit the space station, aren't they really simply saying that they will take it out of orbit?

We will see some falling debris - probably from an automobile junkyard - that has been hauled up just for making fireworks, and we will think the space station has been "de-orbited" to fall back to earth. 

But what will really have happened is that it will have been de-orbited in the other direction - free from earth's gravity - to sail throughout the solar system. Let your imagination roam. 


Comment by Powell Gammill
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Sure, it's a pathetic attempt by NASA to get funding.  Sure, Russia, Europe and Japan are not amused. But it is a good time to ask if NASA should continue existing?  And if it would not be a good time to auction off the ISS?

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