What Happens to Old Satellites? We Asked a NASA Expert


What happens to old satellites? Currently, they either burn up safely upon reentry into the atmosphere or they remain in space. But NASA is working on new technology that could make spaceflight more sustainable by refueling or upgrading satellites in space, greatly expanding their lifespans.

Here’s more about the On-orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing 1 (OSAM-1) Mission: https://go.nasa.gov/3FtsBHV

Producers: Jessica Wilde, Scott Bednar
Editor: Matthew Schara

Credit: NASA

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