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    The International Space Station will continue operating until the end of 2030, after which NASA plans to crash it into a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. According to newly published plans that outline its future, the remote location is known as Point Nemo. The ISS was launched in 2000 and has been orbiting 227 nautical miles above Earth.

    Since it’s been operating, more than 200 astronauts from 19 countries have been aboard resulting in a continuous human presence in space. NASA said that commercially operated space platforms would replace the ISS. 

    Phil McAlister, director of commercial space at NASA Headquarters 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 develop safe, reliable, and cost-effective destinations in space,”

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