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There is a point on Earth where the closest inhabited place in space is located

There is a point on Earth where the closest inhabited place in space is located

We present to you the Nowhere Zone, to which even space is closer than any Earth.

Sometime in 1992, a Croatian-Canadian survey engineer named Hrvoj Lukatila calculated (using his GIS software) where the (geographic) point on Earth could be the farthest from any land. Perhaps this is not surprising

This particular place is located in the South Pacific Ocean and the nearest land to it is 2,688 kilometers away

– The Pitcairn Islands to the north, the Easter Islands to the northeast, and the coast of Antarctica to the south are located at approximately the same distance.

All this also means that the closest inhabited place to it is the International Space Station, which it passes over at an altitude of about 400 kilometers.

Incidentally, Lucatella named this very point – after Captain Nemo, the hero of his favorite childhood novel by Giula Verne – Point Nemo, and its coordinates are: Dr.. s. 48° 52′ 36″, W. H. 123° 23′ 36″ (48°52.6′S 123°23.6′W), which can be found on the map here:

Not only is Point Nemo as far away from everything as can be, but 22,405,411 square kilometers of water surround it – an area larger than the entire former Soviet Union – and the ocean here is 4,000 meters deep. Based on all these characteristics, specialists considered this to be the optimal place for a kind of space graveyard, since the chance of unnecessary and/or dangerous space objects being directed here to cause collision damage is the least.

Since 1971, nearly three hundred pieces of space debris, including at least five space stations, have fallen into the waters around Point Nemo, most of them of American or Russian origin.

(Source: Wikipedia, Image: Google Earth, Opening image: NASA)

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