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Where Do Satellites Go When They Die?

Satellites are used for research by NASA, and used by television companies for our own entertainment. Eventually these satellites die, but what happens to them then? Trace is here to talk about a satellite graveyard on the dark side of the moon, and other places objects in space go.

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“NASA scientists have found the crash site, pictured above, of a spacecraft set into orbit during the early 60s.”

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NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Just Crashed Into The Moon

“After 8 months in space, the LADEE spacecraft mission came to a close last night when the spacecraft crash-landed into the moon’s surface — just like scientists intended.”

The Dark Side Of The Moon Is A Space Graveyard

“Last week, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) ended its mission as planned, by smashing into the far side of the moon.”

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“At roughly 12:30AM ET early on Friday morning, a soda machine-sized NASA spacecraft slammed into the far side of the moon at 3,600 miles per hour.”

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“You probably know we only see one side of the Moon from the Earth. But for the majority of human history, we had no idea what the far side looked like.”

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“On Tuesday a DirecTV satellite was launched into geosynchronous orbit from a platform in the Pacific Ocean.”

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“On July 11, 1979, the world watched as Skylab, America’s first manned space station, hurtled toward Earth.”

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