According to this article in the Washington Post, NASA is planning to “de-orbit” the International Space Station in 2016. As I mentioned in an earlier post, scientists can actually be fallible. I don’t know what they were thinking when they approved this $100 billion white elephant. We could have done a lot of good science with that kind of money. Instead we got a high-flying albatross.
I rather suspect this rather shocking announcement is meant more as a scare tactic than anything else. After all, the people who thought it was such a brilliant idea to put it up there to begin with will want to “protect our investment.” I’ll believe in the swan dive when I see it.