If This is True, The ROI on ISS
Just Went WAY WAY Down
"After a decade of costly construction, the International Space Station is nearing completion. But NASA won’t have long to enjoy the achievement. According to an article from the Washington Post, NASA space station program manager Michael T. Suffredini raised eyebrows when, at a public hearing last month, he declared flatly that NASA plans to de-orbit the station in 2016. That means the $100 billion research facility, which has been circling Earth since 1998, will ultimately burst into flames as it reenters the Earth’s atmosphere and crashes into the Pacific Ocean."
"The rap on the space station has always been that it was built primarily to give the space shuttle somewhere to go. Now, with the shuttle being retired at the end of 2010, the station is on the spot. U.S. astronauts will be able to reach the station only by getting rides on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft."
"In the first quarter of 2016, we'll prep and de-orbit the spacecraft."
After paying so much for the ISS, after spending so much on shuttle flights to supply it, staff it and build it, I cannot as a NASA fan support any decision to scrap the space station. I fully expected this wonderful project to be around for generations in some form, and now, just eleven years after on-orbit construction began, NASA says publicly they plan to kill it off. Should they proceed with this ill-conceived idea, I will join what I presume to be many of their supporters in losing any and all respect I had for the management at NASA who made this decision.