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It has to do with the rotation of the earth helping put stuff into space easier. The details I don't know. Could be winds or a gravational effect
Originally posted by phishyblankwaters
reply to post by Idonthaveabeard
Well north and south refer to the magentic (almost) poles on earth and have no relation to space travel.
to answer your question though, Galaxies are formed as discs, they don't all line up with each and every other galaxy, but within our own, there's not much point in going "up" or "down" as it's mostly empty space, the bulk of the matter is in a disc shaped galaxy.