Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Around the World in 90 Minutes: ISS Completes 100,000th Orbit

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Around the World in 90 Minutes: ISS Completes 100,000th Orbit

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Nearly 18 years since its launch, the International Space Station (ISS) has made its 100,000th orbit around the Earth.

The space station has now traveled over 2.6 billion miles, nearly the distance from Earth to Neptune. That's equivalent to ten round trips from Mars to Earth.

"This is a significant milestone and is a tribute to this international partnership, made up of the European Space Agency, of Russia, Canada, Japan, and the United States," NASA astronaut Jeff Williams said in a video tribute recorded aboard the orbiting lab ahead of the landmark orbit.

The craft travels at a speed of 18,000 miles per hour and takes about 90 minutes to complete one orbit, meaning that astronauts living on board experience 16 sunrises and sunsets per day.

Though launched in 1998, the first astronauts, one American and two Russians, did not enter the space station until 2000. Since then, more than 220 people have lived or visited there, including 189 men, according to NASA. …

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