July 14, 2024

Elon Musk Plans to Safely Decommission the International Space Station by Guiding it into the Ocean

Photo: Paolo Nespoli – ESA/NASA (Getty Images)

The International Space Station is deteriorating. Once a symbol of space exploration, something I would gaze at the sky hoping to see as a child, the station is now approaching its final years in orbit before NASA brings it down. Specifically, Elon Musk plans to crash it into the Pacific Ocean.

NASA revealed its plan to deorbit the ISS in 2022, but as reported by the BBC, SpaceX won the bid and will receive $843 million to carry out the task. The company will need to develop a new spacecraft to push the station into the Pacific Ocean from space.

You may be wondering, “What if Musk misses and the ISS crashes into my area instead of the ocean?” The likelihood of that happening is minimal. The Pacific Ocean is vast, reducing the chances of an incorrect landing significantly. If by any chance the station lands in your vicinity, please share pictures with [email protected].

As the ISS transforms into an artificial reef beneath the Pacific Ocean, its absence will be felt. It has been a part of space exploration for most of my life, aiding humanity in understanding the mysteries above us and our connection to them. Farewell, International Space Station. We salute you at Jalopnik HQ.


Q: What is the International Space Station?

A: The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. It serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory where scientific research is conducted in astrobiology, astronomy, meteorology, physics, and other fields.

Q: Why is the ISS being crashed into the Pacific Ocean?

A: NASA has decided to deorbit the ISS as it reaches the end of its operational lifespan. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been awarded the bid to carry out this task by pushing the station into the Pacific Ocean from space.


The impending crash of the International Space Station into the Pacific Ocean marks the end of an era in space exploration. While it may seem like a dramatic event, the vastness of the ocean ensures minimal risk to inhabited areas. The ISS has been a crucial asset in expanding our knowledge of space and its impact on our world. As we bid farewell to this iconic structure, we reflect on its contributions to humanity’s understanding of the universe.

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