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ISS completes 100,000th orbit of Earth

ISS completes 100,000th orbit of Earth

MOSCOW: The International Space Station, the space laboratory that showcases cooperation between Russia and the United States, on Monday orbited Earth for the 100,000th time, Russian mission control said.

“Today the ISS made its hundred thousandth orbit around Earth,” the mission control centre based in the Moscow region said in a statement.

Travelling at an altitude of about 400 kilometres and a speed of about 28,000 kilometres per hour, the space station circles the Earth once every 90 minutes. Its “anniversary orbit” lasted from 7:35am to 9:10am Moscow time, mission control said.

The ISS has now travelled 2.6 billion miles “or about the distance of 10 round trips to Mars”.

Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2016

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