2018-04-04 02:03:32 UTC
"I learned something fascinating today."
"There is a spot in the South Pacific called the “Oceanic pole of
inaccessibility” or alternatively “Point Nemo” at 48°52.6?S 123°23.6?W.
It’s the point on the Earth’s ocean’s most distant from any land – 2,688
km (1,670 mi) from the Easter Islands, the Pitcairn Islands, and
"There are two interesting things about this spot. One is that it’s used
as a satellite graveyard. It’s conventional, when you can do a
controlled de-orbit on your bird, to drop it at Point Nemo. Tioangong-1,
the Chinese sat that just crashed uncontrolled into a different section
of the South Pacific, was supposed to be dropped there. So were the
unmanned ISS resupply ships. A total of more than 263 spacecraft were
disposed of in this area between 1971 and 2016."