NASA: No current plan for return of space station parts for museums

A recently-released plan for how NASA will dispose of the International Space Station makes no mention of preserving historically-significant components from the orbiting complex. But it is not just an omission from a report: the space agency says it has no current plans to return potential artifacts to Earth.

The International Space Station (ISS) Transition Report, which NASA published on its website in January, outlines the budget and logistics needed to safely de-orbit the football-field-wide space station by directing it into a controlled but destructive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere over an uninhabited area of the South Pacific Ocean. Any surviving parts would fall into and sink around “Point Nemo,” a region traditionally used for spacecraft disposal given that it is the farthest from any land.