Most remote place on Earth is so far away from anything that astronauts in space are often closest human beings
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Far away from anywhere else in the Pacific Ocean is a place so remote that the closest people to it are often on board the International Space Station.
It’s called Point Nemo and you can learn a bit about it in the video below.
That’s just the closest land in one direction, Ducie Island – an atoll in the Pitcairn Islands – is technically the closest place to it, but even that is uninhabited, so you’d have to go a bit further before you found any people.
That’s if you head north, anyway.
Heading south you’d end up at Maher Island in Antarctica, or heading northeast you’d find Motu Nui Island, another uninhabited island near to Easter Island.
The exact point of Point Nemo depends on the exact co-ordinates of those three points, and creates an interesting solution to the ‘longest swim’ problem, as the ocean point is exactly the same distance from all three of those places.
Anyway, the point – if you’ll excuse the pun – is that it’s a really long way from anywhere.
In fact, as with any remote place that is more than 400 kilometres or 250 miles from anywhere, the closest people to it are often the astronauts aboard the International Space Station, which passes overhead.
The area was first named in 1992 by Croatian survey engineer Hrvoje Lukatela, who has since recalculated the exact co-ordinates using Google Maps data in order to compare with his original findings.
The name Nemo comes from a Latin word - not a plucky orange fish - and it means ‘no man’ which seems fair enough when you think about where it is.
The location of the oceanic pole of inaccessibility, as it’s also sometimes known, makes it a useful place if you’ve got to get something down from a great height without potentially hurting anyone.
Given that there’s no-one within thousands of kilometres, it’s a great place for satellites and other spacecrafts to come down from space, burning up in the atmosphere above the remote location.
That means that there might even be some interesting space junk beneath the ocean.
Not that we’ll ever find it, because the sea is also pretty deep down there, around 13,000 feet or two and a half miles.
In fact, when the International Space Station is no longer usable, it too will be ditched into the waters near to Point Nemo, which is kind of poetic, really, given the popular fact about it.
The two points will be getting a lot closer around 2031, as that’s when NASA have suggested they might have to bring the ISS down.
Should you wish to travel to Point Nemo, just get yourself to these co-ordinates: 45º52.6S, 123º23.6W.
Don’t expect a warm welcome though.
Oh, and watch out for falling satellites.