NASA plans to take International Space Station out of orbit in January 2031

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NASA has published plans for the future of the International Space Station which could see the 444,615kg structure taken out of orbit in January 2031 and crashed into a "spacecraft cemetery".

The laboratory will continue operating until 2030 following a commitment made by President Biden and Vice President Harris last month, but its long-term future is unsustainable.

For more than 20 years, the ISS has been "a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration," said NASA administrator Bill Nelson, but all of its mission goals will have been completed by the end of this decade.