Outer Space Is Closer Than You Think

1971japanspaceencyclopedia03 Sometimes strange and wondrous things are closer than we realize. For instance, did you know that space is only an hour’s drive away, if you somehow drove your car straight upwards? Perhaps someday you will. Via kottke.org:

Space always seems so far away and much of it actually is. But space is actually quite close to where we are all sitting right now. The Kármán line, the commonly accepted boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space, is only 62 miles above sea level.

A distance of 62 miles can covered by a car on the interstate in less than an hour. Stable Earth orbits are achievable at only 100 miles above the Earth, with the ISS and Space Shuttles usually orbiting at a height of ~200 miles.

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5 Comments on "Outer Space Is Closer Than You Think"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Mar 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm |

    You mean because the ozone layer is being depleted, right?

  2. You forgot the amount of energy needed to drive said car to outer space thar whould be far greater than a regular car’s. 

  3. What would you do once you got there?  If you’re not travelling 17,500 mph you’d simply fall back to earth.

  4. Killingjoke36 | May 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm |

    Now is 200 miles above sea level below or above the Van Allen belt. People demand to know!

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