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NASA's 1999 Plan To Splash ISS

By Keith Cowing
July 28, 2009

ISS End of Life Disposal – US Propulsion Module, 7 April 1999
Keith’s note: There was a lot of discussion today at the Augustine Committee’s public hearing in Houston about NASA’s current plan to de-orbit the International Space Station in 2016. No one on the committee seems to think that this is a good idea. That said, NASA has always been required to have a way to bring the ISS back to Earth once its mission is completed. This briefing first appeared online at in April 1999. The Propulsion Module mentioned in this proposal was never built. It was being considered when Russia’s delays on delivering the Service Module to orbit began to mount.
Oh yes, Steve Cook was in charge of this too.

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