The International Space Station will eventually die by fire

The International Space Station has orbited Earth for more than two decades, but one day, its time will come. And the space station’s death will be grizzly: Like all of the most massive spacecraft, it will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

The massive orbiting laboratory has been a home to astronauts for a fully 20 years, and their visits have taught scientists tons about what it means to venture into the topsy-turvy world of microgravity.