Point Nemo, in the middle of nowhere | Magazine PONANT

Point Nemo

Point Nemo… has nothing to do with a landmark for clownfish! It is the scientific term for the “oceanic pole of inaccessibility”, i.e. the place in the ocean that is furthest from emerged land – a location in the South Pacific with no one around within an area of 22 million km2. The closest islands are about 2,700 km away. It owes its name to the captain of the Nautilus in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. But “nemo” also means “no one” in Latin. So who are the nearest people? The astronauts in the International Space Station orbiting just a short 400 km above the Earth! Incidentally, Point Nemo is where space debris goes to “die”. The MIR space station has been resting there since 2001.

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