Whenever the International Space Station (ISS) comes to the end of its operational life, NASA’s current plan is to propulsively deorbit the 463-ton laboratory so debris falls into the unpopulated southern Pacific Ocean. Former United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vice President and Chief Scientist George Sowers wonders if there is another option.  Now a professor at the Colorado School of Mines, Sowers spends much of his time thinking about resources in space. His idea, hatched while ...


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