Originally posted on February 23, 2022 @ 12:37 pm
NASA announced that the ISS would be de-orbited in 2031 and that any debris that survived reentry would end up landing at Point Nemo.
Point Nemo is located in the South Pacific Ocean, and is the singular place in the world’s ocean which is furthest away from land.
Point Nemo is also known as the Spacecraft Cemetery. Over the years more than 250 satellites, space stations and other spacecraft have made Point Nemo their final resting place. The Spacecraft Cemetery is used by Russia, China, United States and other countries.
Point Nemo is used is the final resting place for unwanted or end of life space equipment because it’s distance from inhabited land reduces the risk of debris landing on inhabited areas. Point Nemo is also outside the legal jurisdiction of any nation and therefore is subject to fewer regulations.