The ISS Just Completed Its 100,000th Orbit

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Today at 2:10 am ET, the International Space Station began its 100,000 tour around this blue-and-green globe we call home. Travels at a blazing 17,500 mph, ISS finished that historic achievement only 92 minutes later. In its 18-year lifespan, the station has traversed about 2,643,342,240 miles, more than 28 times the distance of the earth to the sun. Damn, ISS.

But the ISS still has some more miles to add to its space odometer. While the station won’t hit 200,000 orbits before its scheduled for decommission in 2024, it’ll still be trailblazing humanity’s exploration of space for at least another eight years.



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