Where is Space? What is Space?

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Scholarly Commons, “Where is Space? And Why Does That Matter?” by Bhavya Lal Science and Technology Policy Institute and Emily Nightingale Science and Technology Policy Institute, Nov. 5, 2014,

“To ascertain where space began, we started by looking for clarity in the definitions of space, and found that most of them stem from the perception that space is what is beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. However, there is no consensus over what constitutes the delineation between “Earth’s atmosphere” and “beyond.” Section 103 of the NASA Authorization Act of 1958 defined the term aeronautical and space activities as “research into, and the solution of, problems of flight within and outside the Earth’s atmosphere” [emphasis added] (National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958). In the same vein, NASA’s definition of space in the Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use did not specify a point of delimitation (National Aeronautics and Space Administration 2008) but called it:


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