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Here's Where Spacecrafts Go To Die
   Tech Insider
  Published: 2 months ago

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What happens to a spacecraft once it dies?

When a spacecraft completes its mission or runs out of fuel, it's sent to what NASA calls a Spacecraft Cemetery. Three thousand miles off the Eastern coast of New Zealand and more than 2 miles deep, it's the one place farthest from any land mass on Earth.

The perfect spot to land giant chunks of spacecraft that are traveling more than 180 mph upon impact. NASA predicts the chance of a spacecraft hitting someone out here to be around 1 in 10,000.

Since 1971, over 263 spacecraft from four nations have crashed here. Only the largest spacecraft ever make it here. Smaller satellites burn up completely before reaching the surface.

Next on NASA's list is the International Space Station. It's scheduled for decommission in 12 years to finally take its place among sunken space history.

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2 weeks ago
what happens when one dumb boi decides to go fishing 3000 miles off of new zealand right on the cemetery right when nasa sends one there


4 weeks ago
when i die i hope they bury me there


4 weeks ago
What a complete waste of resources why not scrap the debris and use it for future spacecrafts. And i thought NASA is filled with genius minds but instead of imbeciles. And the space junks we left from space? Yeah leave them there they will fall eventually.


4 weeks ago
Not Cassini tho. It entered saturns orbit during september


4 weeks ago
This kinda made me feel sad


4 weeks ago
Can I just ask how come we see space junk re enter the atmosphere over the US, and it is planned...


4 weeks ago
In 2029 i will watch the iss go into the ocean


4 weeks ago
I cry when spacecrafts deserve to die


1 month ago
R.i.p spaceship


1 month ago
R.I.P spacecraft we all miss you :'(


1 month ago
The comment section is a Master Peice!! Complaining about the ocean. Why worry yourself?
People are so dumb they think the Fish in the ocean die well everything has an ending so deal with it IDIOTS. You think there is immortality?

Try it on yourself


1 month ago
NOOOO ISS DONT DIE ON ME!!


1 month ago
Soon the oss will be there.............soooooon.


1 month ago
why not just collect them with a modular rocket? at least they can reuse the spacecraft for another mission even if it means to spend billions of dollar to retrieve them...at least they can save a few millions on the next mission...


1 month ago
might as well land on north korea


1 month ago
But what about all those space germs? Poor Fishies


1 month ago
1:13 well RIP anyone who is in there when it falls from the sky


1 month ago
Then after the next generation. The new feneration will think its aliens who place their airport in it.


2 months ago
Wtf I thought the iss was gonna stay there forever


2 months ago
Put feminists there


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