WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A SATEL­LITE THAT’S NO LONGER OF USE?

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de­pend­ing on how high the satel­lite is. For closer satel­lites, en­gi­neers will use its last bit of fuel to slow it down. That way, it will fall out of or­bit and burn up in Earth’s at­mos­phere. 2 The sec­ond choice is to send the satel­lite even fur­ther away from Earth. It can take a lot of fuel for a satel­lite to slow down enough to fall back into the at­mos­phere. That’s es­pe­cially true if a satel­lite is in a very high or­bit. For many high satel­lites, it takes less fuel to blast it fur­ther into space than to send it back to Earth. These days there are two choices,

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