mid-August 2022 NASA, Mars rover PerseveranceHe confirmed that a piece of garbage discarded during the descent had been located. It’s not the first time scientists have found human-made garbage on Mars, because there’s so much more out there.
Mars is getting polluted
There are several sources of human pollution on Mars. Firstly, AnthemAll spacecraft that land on leave trash behind. Vehicles that have reached the end of their working life Anthem remains on the surface. In addition, there is also debris from spacecraft that crashed into the Martian surface due to a failed landing.
The reason for the garbage is clear
Many such fragments have been discovered during years of Mars observations. In addition to these fragments, there are currently nine non-operating spacecraft that stand in one piece on the Martian surface. These are Mars 3 lander, Mars 6 lander, Viking 1 lander, Viking 2 lander, Sojourner survey tool, Beagle 2 lander, Phoenix lander, Spirit rover, and the most recent end of mandate Opportunity surface survey tool. Although these vehicles remain in one piece, they can also be considered as historical artifacts rather than space junk.
10 tons of garbage detected
When we collect the materials that came from the Earth on the surface of Mars, about 10 tons We see the material. Scientists are worried that this garbage could endanger future Mars missions. Therefore, all detected vehicle remains are documented.