NASA set to crash International Space Station into Earth by 2031

NASA are set to smash the International Space Station right into earth by 2031 as a way of retiring the former home of astronaut Chris Hadfield.

It seems the amazing NASA space station has run its course, with a retirement date looming for the ISS, which will be crashed into the planet following its final day of activity.

Doing so is, according to NASA, a point of decluttering space and the surrounding layer of earth's atmosphere.

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Instead of leaving the infamous space station to rot away in the sky, experts are set to navigate the ISS to a safe, watery end by slamming it right into the Pacific Ocean.

A spokesperson for NASA said: "The private sector is technically and financially capable of developing and operating commercial low-earth orbit destinations, with NASA's assistance.

"We look forward to sharing our lessons learned and operations experience with the private sector to help them develop safe, reliable, and cost-effective destinations in space.

"The report we have delivered to Congress describes, in detail, our comprehensive plan for ensuring a smooth transition to commercial destinations after retirement of the International Space Station in 2030."

With 2030 looming as an expected date for the ISS retirement, NASA hope to crash it into the uninhabited Point Nemo area of the Pacific Ocean.

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A budget report from NASA officials has pinned January 2031 as a potential deorbit time for the ISS, which will crash 3,000 miles off the coast of east New Zealand.

It is nothing out of the ordinary for NASA to dump its space junk deep into bodies of ocean, with a CNN report indicating that 263 pieces of space debris from various countries have been dumped since 1971.

Countries such as Russia, Japan and the United States have all played their part in cluttering up the oceans with useless bits of space-faring material.

The retirement of the ISS appears to be in line with future NASA plans, with director of the ISS at NASA Headquarters, Robyn Gatens, noting it was time for "commercial space destinations" to replace the station.

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