This is where the old Satellites go to Die; NASA points to shocking deaths
Like every living or non-living thing, a Satellite also goes through the process of birth and death. Just like any other human or a peace of machinery, satellites also do not last forever.
So, where do Satellites go to die? Two things can happen to old satellites:
The First one is for the closer-to-Earth satellites. Engineers will use its last bit of fuel to slow it down so it will fall out of its high orbit into the Earth's atmosphere and meet a fiery death. (NASA)
The second place where those satellites that are farther away from Earth go to die is a lonely, terrifying place. They are sent ever deeper into space. These satellites are sent as far away from the Earth as possible. (NASA)
The reason being that Satellites take a lot of fuel to fall back into the atmosphere especially when they are in higher orbit of the earth.
Significantly, it takes less fuel to blast it farther into space than bring it back towards Earth's atmosphere to burn up on re-entry.
The Small satellites in the low orbit are easy to get rid of as the heat from the friction of the air burns it up as it falls towards Earth at thousands of miles per hour.
Unlike the Small satellites the bigger ones do not entirely burn but the spacecraft operators can plan for the final destination of their old satellites to make sure that any debris that may not have burned up on re-entry falls into a remote area.
The place this is planned for also has a nickname for it - it is known as the Spacecraft Cemetery.
The Spacecraft Cemetery is in the Pacific Ocean and is pretty much the farthest place from any human civilization you can find.