International Space Station Demise

1Space station may ‘de-orbit’ in a blaze of glory in the South Pacific

NASA scientists are drawing up plans to dismantle the International Space Station and send it hurtling into the South Pacific in the world’s most spectacular demolition job.

The massive modules, fuel tanks and other components would generate a series of fireballs as they burn up in the atmosphere.

The plans were revealed by Ellen Stofan, NASA’s chief scientist, who helped set them in motion before recently leaving the agency. “The future of the ISS is a big issue for NASA. The funding is there till 2024 but then it must start moving money to human Mars missions,” she said.