What It Would Take to Bring the ISS Back to Earth in One Piece

To keep the ISS orbiting until 2031, the space agencies that maintain it need to periodically do something to counteract this drag force. The ISS doesn’t have its own rocket engines, so it needs a reboost, or a push from a resupply craft. A reboost nudges the space station and increases its velocity. (Here is a bonus: My analysis of what it’s like to be an astronaut inside the ISS during a reboost, posted on the European Space Agency’s blog.)

Would the ISS Burn Up on Reentry?

Although reentry can be a violent event and

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