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NASA wants ‘deorbit tug’ to bring space station down in 2030

NASA aims to develop a spacecraft capable of steering the International Space Station (ISS) to a controlled destruction in Earth’s atmosphere when its time in orbit is up.

We first learned about this plan on Thursday (March 9), when the White House released its 2024 federal budget request. NASA’s $27.2 billion allocation included $180 million “to initiate development of a new space tug” that could safely deorbit the ISS over the open ocean after its operational life ends in 2030, as well as potentially perform other activities.

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