In The Dictionary Under “Complete Waste”
The International Space Station
Although it may happen that they keep it up until 2020, NASA wants to decommission the ISS earlier, in 2016. Oddly, this is not news. The ISS has been pretty much a useless endeavour ever since it was downsized to approximate a large tin can in the late ’80s, and has cost the U.S. taxpayers something like $100 billon (yes, billion with a b).
Perhaps I should not hold back so much and say how I really feel. From PopSci.com:
Despite nearing completion after more than a decade of construction, and recently announcing some upcoming improvements to accompany its full crew of six astronauts, NASA plans to de-orbit the International Space Station in 2016. Meaning the station will have spent more time under construction than completed.
With the space shuttle being decommissioned and the Ares is doubt, it was inevitable. This is what happens when the goal is politics, instead of exploration and science.