Assuming that everything is not vaporized, one would think that all waste is collected and incinerated. Does SpaceX, NASA, etc have a dedicated team/effort to cleaning up this debris?
What happens to the debris of a rocket that exploded or crashed? Is there a dedicated effort to cleaning the debris?
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1$\begingroup$ I have edited the question, and hopefully it is now more clear. $\endgroup$– Star ManFeb 12, 2021 at 19:47
1$\begingroup$ In the case of challenger it was collected, investigated and then buried: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… For Columbia it was collected, investigated and then stored in the VAB: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$– user1937198Feb 12, 2021 at 21:15
2$\begingroup$ Wayne Hayles Blog (especially the parts about Columbia) is an excellent source of anectodal evidence for this kind of thing. $\endgroup$– PolygnomeFeb 12, 2021 at 23:27
2$\begingroup$ The original question was specifically about SpaceX. I wonder if the edits have changed the intent. $\endgroup$– Organic MarbleFeb 13, 2021 at 0:03
1$\begingroup$ If the debris falls into a deep sea are, cleaning the debris would need a lot of time, equipment and money. Collecting the Soyuz debris in the Baikonur area is done to earn money. No explosion or crash, just used booster stages. $\endgroup$– UweFeb 13, 2021 at 2:02
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