For the past six decades, countries from all over the world have been exploring outer space. There are plenty of things that we don’t know about what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Between the black holes, the other galaxies and the supernovas, it is no wonder we are sending ships to space to see what mysteries will unfold.
Out Of Use
Have you ever wondered what happens to spaceships and satellites when they are no longer necessary or operable? These pieces of machinery weight hundreds of tons. Where do objects this large go when we no longer need them? There is a place that they all go to. The underwater cemetery that NASA doesn’t want people to know about actually exists out in the middle of the ocean.
Just Beyond New Zealand
Just beyond New Zealand is a stretch of ocean known as the South Pacific Ocean Uninhabited Area (SPOUA). Most nations around the world use the same name for the stretch of ocean, and they also know it as the “spaceship cemetery.” For nearly 50-years, this had been the final resting place for spacecraft from various countries.
There is a reason that experts have chosen this area to lay
SPOUA is the single point in the ocean that is the furthest away from land on all sides. It is located between Ducie Island of the Pitcairn Islands, Motu Nui of the Easter Islands, and Maher Island off Antarctica. The stretch of sea is located over 1,600 miles from shore. This makes it the perfect place to send them out of commission spaceships because people don’t travel through these waters due to the distance from land. This is important because nobody wants to risk human life.
While this area is often clear of ships, there are some who pass through the area from time to time. Fortunately, space organizations are careful about this. Before a ship is going to be sent to the underwater graveyard, a notice is sent out well in advance. This gives ship captains an idea of when it is safe to pass, and when it isn’t.
Not As Easy As It Sounds
Crafts In the Spaceship Graveyard
The Mir is just one of the
Why Not Leave Them In Space
There is a reason that we don’t simply blast these unnecessary
Plenty Of Room
Because SPOUA spans thousands of ocean miles, we don’t need to worry about running out of space any time soon. We don’t put ships under the water in this area on a daily basis; therefore, there is plenty of room. With all of the mysteries associated with space, it is nice to have at least one answer. You now know where the ships end up. It may sound strange to take ships from space and send them to one of the deepest areas of Earth, but it works. It is better than leaving them in space, hoping that they will stay there forever. Intentionally sending them down to Earth in a place that is rarely passed by humans is both the safest and most effective way to put these ships to rest. We don’t know when the next ship will be laid to rest there, but we do know that it will happen again one day.