As the song goes “what goes up must come down.” There are a lot of manmade objects in orbit and it would be bad if the larger ones fell to Earth on a populated area. Fortunately there’s a place to bring those craft down to crash safely. The downside is that it’s also the location of R’lyeh.
The Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility is the spot furthest from any landmass. It’s located in the South Pacific roughly 1670 miles (2688 km for the metrically inclined) from the closest land. That provides a nice big target for dropping something re-entering Earth’s atmosphere and the spot has been dubbed the Spacecraft Cemetery. As this article at Popular Science says:
This spot was chosen for obvious reasons, as it greatly reduces the risk of human casualties from scorching hot space debris. (According to NASA’s Orbital Debris Office, any objects re-entering Earth’s atmosphere cannot exceed a 0.0001 chance of impact with humans, meaning that if the entry were to occur 10,000 times, there would only be one human casualty expected.)
When the International Space Station is decommissioned (tentatively in 2028), it is expected to be brought down in the Spacecraft Cemetery (unless Sandra Bullock visits the station first). If you cross reference with the location of R’lyeh given in “The Call of Cthulhu” you’ll notice it’s the same area. The ISS will be the largest object by far to be brought down so maybe it will awaken Cthulhu from his slumber.
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!
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