New Delhi, February 3, 2022
The International Space Station will be retired by NASA by the end of 2030.
The space station was launched in the year 2000. It is currently orbiting 227 nautical miles above the Earth and has more than 200 astronauts invested in it from 19 countries.
NASA says the private sector is now financially and technically capable of building commercial space stations, and that NASA will help.
According to Phil McAllister, NASA’s Director of Commercial Space, a report has been submitted by NASA to Congress detailing how the private sector can easily transfer operations to the space station once the International Space Station is retired in 2030.
As part of the retirement of the International Space Station, the space station will be located in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. This area is known as Point Nemo.
Point Nemo is the farthest part of the Earth. It is 3000 miles off the east coast of New Zealand. And since 1971 till now 263 spacecraft from Russia, Japan, America and European countries have ended up in this part.
The name of the space station speaks volumes. The first 3D printing in space took place in 2014. In 2016, NASA astronomer Kate Rubins performed the first DNA sequencing here.
Vegetable growing experiments have also been done successfully on the space station. In 2015, astronauts tested a vegetable salad grown here for the first time. Now carrots and chillies are also being grown here.
Chinese astronauts have been excluded from the project. However, China launched the first phase of its first space station last year and will be fully operational by the end of this year.
Russia, on the other hand, will withdraw from the space station project in 2025. Russia is planning to launch its own space station.