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The end of the ISS

On 08-01-2011

Russian space agency announced the end of the ISS for 2020.
It will then be needed to destroy it, as it has been done for Skylab, burning it whilst coming back to Earth, and making it sinking in the oceans.

It won't be possible to let it being destroyed naturally, because this would create a huge number of elements in orbit.

One question stays then: why not sending it on space, and why not sending it around the Moon or Mars? It is already in space, the most difficult part is already done!
The absence of atmosphere around the Moon or the slight one around Mars will allow it to continue to be used longer.

For the moment, which is quite probable, this is that ISS will be used to test the future technologies that will be required to explore space.

Via the html link here below, you can see the program of the ISS.

Related web site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_Station_program