Mars is already BASKET: Humans have left more than 15,000 pounds of debris on the Red Planet

Humans have left more than 15,000 pounds of garbage on Mars in the past 50 years, and no one has ever set foot on the red planet.

Cagri Kilic, a postdoctoral researcher in robotics at West Virginia University, analyzed the mass of all rovers and orbiters sent to Mars and subtracted the weight of what is currently in operation, resulting in 15,694 pounds of debris.

The junk includes discarded hardware, idle spacecraft, and those that crashed to the surface, most notably the Soviet Union’s Mars Orbiter 2 which made a crash landing in 1971.

Not only are humans already polluting another planet, but scientists fear the debris could contaminate samples collected by NASA’s Perseverance rover which is currently searching for ancient life on Mars.

One scientist estimates that there are 15,694 pounds of garbage on Mars. Most of it comes from discarded hardware like this thermal blanket that protected NASA’s Perseverance survives its descent through the hellish atmosphere

Much of the garbage is inevitable, as many parts must be discarded to protect the craft as it flies through the Red Planet’s hellish atmosphere, including NASA’s Perseverance that endured the seven minutes of hell when it landed in February 2021.

The rover, which is collecting samples on Mars that will be brought back to Earth, captured images of junk during its mission.

In June, the NASA team on Earth spotted a distant light in an image sent by Perseverance, which they then directed to the rover for a look.

A few weeks later, Perseverance entered the Hogwallow Flats region and acquired a high resolution 360 degree Mastcam-Z panorama.

The Ingenuity helicopter took a picture of the landing gear used during its arrival with Perseverance.  Pictures is a parachute and cone-shaped rear shell that protected the rover in space

The Ingenuity helicopter took a picture of the landing gear used during its arrival with Perseverance. Pictures is a parachute and cone-shaped rear shell that protected the rover in space

More recently, in June, Perseverance stumbled upon a piece of shredded Dacron web that helped it land safely on Mars.

More recently, in June, Perseverance stumbled upon a piece of shredded Dacron web that helped it land safely on Mars.

And due to the Martian wind, the dense web began to unravel and three weeks later it was seen as a ball of knotted, thread-like material.

And due to the Martian wind, the dense web began to unravel and three weeks later it was seen as a ball of knotted, thread-like material.

The image showed that the bright light was the reflection of a thermal blanket.

This was used to protect the car-sized vehicle from the extreme temperatures it experienced while landing.

The blanket is hidden in a corner of several rocks and appears to reflect light.

The rover’s companion, the Ingenuity helicopter, also captured an image of the landing gear used during its arrival with Perseverance in 2021.

A parachute and cone-shaped rear shell that protected the rover in space, as well as during its fiery descent to the Martian surface, were seen in incredible detail.

More recently, in June, Perseverance stumbled upon a piece of shredded Dacron mesh that helped it land safely on Mars.

And due to the Martian wind, the dense web began to unravel and three weeks later it was seen as a ball of knotted, thread-like material.

NASA's Opportunity is now dead on Mars, but it sent a photo of its heat shield back in 2004, along with debris that spread the ground for several miles.

NASA’s Opportunity is now dead on Mars, but it sent a photo of its heat shield back in 2004, along with debris that spread the ground for several miles.

There are a total of nine inactive spacecraft sitting on Mars, including the Mars 3 lander, the Mars 6 lander, the Viking 1 lander, the Viking 2 lander, the Sojourner rover, the European Space Agency Schiaparelli lander (pictured) , the Phoenix lander, the Spirit rover and the Opportunity rover

There are a total of nine inactive spacecraft sitting on Mars, including the Mars 3 lander, the Mars 6 lander, the Viking 1 lander, the Viking 2 lander, the Sojourner rover, the European Space Agency Schiaparelli lander (pictured) , the Phoenix lander, the Spirit rover and the Opportunity rover

Then there are the dead robots on Mars, most notably NASA’s Opportunity which was active from 2004 to mid-2018.

This rover weighs approximately 347 pounds, the same weight as a hippo, and is now stuck in Martin’s land.

However, it left a trail of garbage as it crossed the Red Planet.

He sent NASA a photo of his heat shield in 2004, along with the debris that spread the ground for several miles.

There are a total of nine inactive spacecraft sitting on Mars, including Mars 3 lander, Mars 6 lander, Viking 1 lander, Viking 2 lander, Sojourner rover, European Space Agency Schiaparelli lander, Phoenix lander. , the Spirit Rover and the Opportunity Rover.

According to Kilic, most of the robots are still intact and space agencies consider them historical monuments rather than discarded junk.

“When you add up the mass of all spacecraft that have ever been sent to Mars, you get about 22,000 pounds (9979 kilograms),” Kilic wrote in The Conversation.

“Subtract the weight of the aircraft currently operating at the surface – 6,306 pounds (2,860 kilograms) – and you’re left with 15,694 pounds (7,119 kilograms) of human debris on Mars.”

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