When a spacecraft falls to earth, where does it end up?

Space Graveyard on Earth

There is a dumping ground for retired spacecraft on earth.

Most fallen large satellites, space stations, and other space objects end up in Point Nemo, an area miles off the southeast coast of New Zealand. It’s also referred to as the most remote place on Earth.

"It's in the Pacific Ocean and is pretty much the farthest place from any human civilization you can find," NASA said.

This graveyard also called the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility or the South Pacific Ocean Uninhabited Area is 1,450 miles away from land and civilization and is a tomb for hundreds of retired satellites.

It stretches 3,000 kilometres from north to south, by about 5,000 kilometres from west to east. The depths are cold, dark and house little sea life. Mostly sponges, whales, viperfish and octopi.

Deposing of the smaller satellites is easy, Heat from air friction as it catapults toward Earth burns the satellite to dust before it hits the ocean. Larger satellites in a low orbit is a more significant problem as they will likely not burn completely.

Between 1971 and mid-2016, global space agencies dumped an estimated 260 spacecraft debris into Point Nemo.