International Space Station completes 100,000th orbit around Earth

International Space Station completes 100,000th orbit around Earth

International Space Station completes 100,000th orbit around Earth

Written by Tharushan Fernando

18 May, 2016 | 8:19 am

The International Space station (ISS) has made it to a cosmic milestone,having just completed its 100,000th orbit around Earth

17 years ago, in 1998, a Russian Proton rocket flew the Zarya module up to orbit, the first piece of what would become the International Space Station (ISS).

Ever since then, the orbiting lab has been zooming around Earth at 17,500 mph (28,164 km/h), completing one lap every 90 minutes or so at an altitude of about 240 miles (386 kilometers) The space station has been the host to 5 and a half years of continuous human habitation for astronauts from 18 different countries.

The International Space Station was built in collaboration by 16 countries — the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom

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