It looks like the International Space Station retirement is coming soon, and this is the place where it will come down from orbit. It will come down, with some pieces burning in the atmosphere and the rest into the world’s space graveyard.
Three thousand miles off the coast of New Zealand and 2,000 miles north of Antarctica, Point Nemo is so far from land that the closest humans are often the astronauts on board the International Space Station — that orbits 227 nautical miles above Earth.
It’s precisely this remoteness that explains why the ISS, once it’s retired in 2030, will end its days here, plummeting to Earth to join other decommissioned space stations, satellites and space debris. This is the world’s space graveyard.