There is a remote place on earth dedicated to Captain Nemo, but today it has become a space graveyard
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Located about 2,700 kilometers from the closest island, so much so that the astronauts on the International Space Station, who are only 300-400 kilometers away above Earth, are usually the closest humans to this isolated place, to reach Punto Nemo with the fastest boat it would take 15 days, 10 hours and 37 minutes.

The poles of inaccessibility are those geographical points on the Earth relative to which oceanic point is furthest from any land surface, or which is the point of land that is furthest from any coast.

Of all these, the oceanic pole of inaccessibility, that is the most remote point of the ocean and farthest from any land emerged, is also known as Nemo Point, in honor of Captain Nemo, protagonist of the novels of Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Below the Seas.

There is a remote place on earth dedicated to Captain Nemo, but today it has become a space graveyard

The Nemo point is chosen as the re-entry coordinate for spacecraft destined for destruction. During the “destructive” return journey into the atmosphere, satellites and other vehicles burn and the incandescent remains are projected into the ocean, in this place far from any land.

Currently, Punto Nemo is above all a space cemetery, hosting about 260 spacecraft, including the Russian space station MIR, which sunk to about 3600 meters below sea level after returning to earth. Probably from 2025, the date from which the dismantling of the ISS will begin, it will welcome the international space station.

Precisely because of this space cemetery, although the Nemo Point is the furthest possible point from inhabited areas and in the almost total absence of life it is also one of the most polluted areas on the planet due to the micro-plastic present in very large quantities.