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Does this 'space graveyard' put you in danger?

POSTED October 25, 2017 8:30 a.m.
A remote location in the Pacific Ocean is also known as a space graveyard.

As Business Insider reported, the location also known as Point Nemo is where NASA often decides to “dump dead or dying spacecraft.”

"It's … pretty much the farthest place from any human civilization you can find," NASA told Business Insider.

Larger objects often fall into the graveyard, which is off the coast of New Zealand, and smaller satellites and spacecraft burn up in the atmosphere, according to Business Insider.

Scientists have chosen the Pacific Ocean landing spot because of its remote location, which keeps satellites and spacecraft from “hurtling down on our heads,” according to Popular Science.

“Luckily, there are scientists who know how to prevent an Armageddon scene like this from happening. Space agencies around the world carefully plan out the re-entry of these large bodies, and they’ve even chosen a place on Earth where these spacecraft can go to safely rest, far from the likes of any humans,” Popular Science explained.

Ocean currents tend to avoid that area, too, which doesn’t bring any nutrients or attract wildlife.

As Popular Science reported, about 260 spacecraft crashed into the region from 1971 to 2016, with 161 crashes since 2015 alone.

Fallen items within the region include a SpaceX rocket, 140 Russian resupply vehicles and cargo ships from the European Space Agency, according to Business Insider.

One day, the International Space Station will eventually be among the cemetery’s occupants, too, BBC News reported.

According to BBC, “it will make a spectacular sight.”

According to Smithsonian Magazine, scientists at NASA can also send junk spacecraft far into space. However, experts told Smithsonian that sending dead spacecraft into space is a “temporary fix.”

“This junk runs the small risk of crashing into other spacecraft, whether dead or alive, thus damaging working satellites and creating more space junk — which someone might have to clean up one day,” the magazine reported.

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