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Welcome to Point Nemo
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Posted: July 01, 2024
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    Point Nemo is the farthest place from land on the planet. (stock)
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    Chris Brown and his son, Mika, sailed to Point Nemo in March. Each flag they are holding is coded as a letter. The flags spell “Nemo,” which means “no one” in Latin. (Courtesy of Chris Brown)
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    Sometimes the closest humans to Point Nemo are space explorers aboard the International Space Station. (NASA)
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    Two SpaceX employees retrieve space junk that fell from one of its spacecraft near Ituna, Saskatchewan. Space programs often dispose of space junk at Point Nemo, since almost no people go there. (Jeremy Simes/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Welcome to the most isolated spot on Earth: Point Nemo. (That’s Latin for “No One.”)

Point Nemo, also called the “pole of inaccessibility,” sits in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean. It’s the farthest place from any land on the planet.

Try to guess who the nearest humans to Point Nemo are. Fishermen? Nope. People embarking on cargo ships? Try again.

It’s astronauts! The closest human activity often comes from space explorers aboard the International Space Station. They’re roughly 258 miles away when they pass right over Point Nemo.

Meanwhile, the closest stretches of land on Earth to Point Nemo are a whopping 1,670 miles away. It would take days to reach the nearest spots of solid ground—Motu Nui to the northeast, Maher Island to the south, and Ducie Island to the north. Guess who lives in those last two places. “Nemo” again. No one.

God made everyone and everything to serve a purpose—even the most remote place on Earth. We can thank Him for making a place on Earth like Point Nemo. Why? Since the 1970s, global space programs have crashed hundreds of pieces of retired space debris there.

That keeps us safe. If these stations didn’t deliberately dispose of space junk at Point Nemo, random pieces could fall and hit Earth unpredictably. Could you imagine a ginormous spaceship door landing in your front yard as you’re eating dinner? That would be quite a sight! But it’s still not safe.

Read Psalm 139. That ancient song will tell you that even if you go up to heaven or to the bottom of the sea, you can never escape God’s love.