NASA: Rovers create seven tons of garbage on Mars

That POT is one of the most advanced space agencies in the world in terms of exploration and has for decades focused specifically on two celestial bodies: the moon Y Mars. The latter represents the most ambitious location for the American organization and has therefore been the target of much of its publications. However, this has also caused a large number of garbage begin to accumulate on the planet’s surface.

That United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs mentioned that all attempts by scientists and astronomers to discover the mysteries Mars Over the past 50 years, agencies have been around the cause country Send 18 vehicles through 14 space missions to the Red Planet.

The downside of exploring Mars

Because the vehicles that transport elements and equipment are just as important as they are rover -Explorer robots with cameras and other tools to help explore the planet – tend to detach from other modules, many of which are left on the Martian surface and in the vast majority of cases have remained there for decades. For example, persistencethe agency’s newest rover, spotted one of these pieces of human debris as it reached the planet.

To date, it is estimated that all human waste has accumulated in Mars amounts to 10 tons, but considering that some devices are still in the active phase, it is estimated that the total amount of waste left behind on the planet is about 7 tons. Scientists believe this is due to three main sources: discarded components, inactive spacecraft, and the remains of spacecraft that have crashed for some reason.

During the descent, the pods contain equipment for investigation Mars, these eject components such as nets, heat shields, parachutes and others. Despite being parts of the same ships, they end up being scattered across the red planet, causing the garbage to accumulate in different points rather than in a single area due to the strong winds that blow on that star.

A potential threat to future space missions

In itself a lot of garbage that can be found in it Mars corresponds to that generated by the launches of the rover persistence, curiosity Y opportunity of POT, who arrived on the planet in 2021, 2012 and 2005, respectively. For example, greenness -Helicopter that arrived on Mars with Perseverance – captured images of elements such as cables, networks and even the rover’s rear hull dragging on the Martian surface.

Although 7 tons is a tiny amount compared to the area of Marsscientists of POT They have stated that the presence of space debris on the planet could pose a hazard to future missions, since much of this debris has accumulated on spacecraft landing pads.

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