The Fiery Retirement of the International Space Station
Since 1998, the International Space Station has been at the forefront of research into physics, micro-gravity and the effects of space on human physiology. After more than two decades of operation the ISS is being retired.
NASA plans to return the ISS to earth by 2031 with its final resting place being the “Spacecraft Cemetery” in the South Pacific Ocean. Its return to the earth will be a fiery event like a shooting star, visible over Australian skies.
Dr. Fabian Zander, a Senior Research Fellow in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland speaks to 2SER about why the International Space Station is being retired and how its legacy will influence future space research.
To learn more about the International Space Station and its research, check out Dr. Zander’s article in The Conversation.