This Is Where Earth Ends And Space Begins

This Is Where Earth Ends And Space Begins

There has been much debate in the scientific community about where exactly space begins. Today, the Kármán Line recognized that boundary-it sits at 100 kilometers (62 miles) above sea level. The line is named after Theodore von Kármán, a Hungarian-American engineer and physicist. However, any NASA test pilot or astronaut who crosses an altitude of roughly 80 kilometers (50 miles) is awarded their astronaut wings.

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from Universe Today

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Space is defined by the point at which Earth's atmosphere ends, and the vacuum of space takes over. (0:13)

  • 2

    Any NASA test pilot or astronaut who crosses an altitude of roughly 80 kilometers (50 miles) is awarded their astronaut wings. (0:38)

  • 3

    The Earth's outer atmosphere, known as the exosphere, extends to an altitude of 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles). (1:48)

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