Humans have dumped 7,000kg of junk on Mars to date


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Humans have been leaving their mark on Mars for years now. A recent map shows over 7,000kg of human-made debris, including discarded parachutes and tire fragments, have accumulated on Mars since the first Soviet expeditions in 1971. Dr. James Blake from the University of Warwick's physics department noted, "It's common for space missions to discard debris and rovers/helicopters sometimes come across debris fields while exploring." The Mars helicopter Ingenuity recently added 1.8kg to the pile after becoming unable to fly.