This picture is of November 2022 when astronauts were seen outside the International Space Station. (Photo courtesy: NASA)
American space agency NASA has warned that the International Space Station may fall to Earth. Even the slightest carelessness in dropping it on the ground can lead to disaster. NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel has called for taking this space station back to Earth. In fact, 20 countries of the world including Russia, Canada and Japan together sent the International Space Station into space in 1998. It was sent into space for 15 years and it is still working. Now preparations are on to bring it back to earth.
Astronauts are using this space station to solve space-related mysteries and do research. More than 200 astronauts have gone in it.
Where is this space station in space?
The International Space Station is actually an artificial structure which is in the lower orbit of the Earth. With its help, astronauts sent there from Earth conduct many experiments. Brings out new information.
The International Space Station is at a distance of about 410 kilometers from the Earth. The weight of the 109 meter long space station is 4 lakh 50 thousand kg. It is the size of a football field.This space station, built at a cost of 150 million dollars, is counted among the most expensive things in the space world.
In such a situation, the question is arising that when this space station is still working in space after maintenance, then why is NASA trying to bring it to Earth. Actually, NASA wants to keep it in space for a few more years, but doing so will require maintenance. With this the dangers may also increase. This will cost thousands of crores of rupees. America cut the space budget some time ago. Therefore, preparations are being made to land it on earth.
Will ISS really fall on Earth?
NASA says that preparations are being made to land it on Earth in such a way that there is no damage of any kind. However, it was also said that its landing would not be easy for NASA. If there is any carelessness during this process, it can cause huge damage to the earth.
NASA will drop the International Space Station at Point Nema. This is the place where satellites are dropped.
Why is there danger?
The International Space Station is quite large in size, hence any carelessness during its demolition may cause harm to the population. Therefore NASA is making a precise plan to bring it down. NASA will use space tug for this.
The space tug will push the space station into the atmosphere, where it will start burning and it will be dropped into the ocean at a place called Point Nemo.
Astronaut walking in space station, NASA shared video
That’s a wrap! Today’s spacewalk outside the @Space_Station concluded at 2:47pm ET (1847 UTC).
— NASA (@NASA) November 1, 2023
Features of space station
There are many hi-tech facilities in the space station. There are many such equipments which work automatically and provide many types of information to the astronauts. Along with high-tech cameras, sensors are also installed in it. With their help, new information is released about space stations, climate change, natural disasters and changes in the environment.
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