15,000 Pounds of Human Trash on Mars

Over 15,000 pounds of space trash has been strewn on Mars' surface over the last 50 years.

West Virginia University's postdoctoral research fellow in robotics computed a total of 15,694 pounds of waste.

Kilic, who specialises in Mars and moon rovers, calculated the total mass of every spacecraft dispatched to Mars (22,000 pounds)

Over the course of 14 missions, humanity has already sent 18 man-made items to Mars.

The Soviet Union crashed-landed its Mars 2 orbiter in 1971, making it the first mission to land an item on Mars.

Several spacecraft have successfully and unsuccessfully landed on Mars' surface.

Perseverance, a Mars rover, discovered several bits of debris that were launched during its landing.

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