Science 17 May 2016 ISS completes 1 lakh ...

ISS completes 1 lakh orbits around earth

AP
Published May 17, 2016, 2:16 am IST
Updated May 17, 2016, 7:12 am IST
Astronauts have been living continuously aboard the 250-mile-high complex since 2000.
An undated photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station in orbit. (Photo: AP)
 An undated photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station in orbit. (Photo: AP)

Cape Canaveral: One-hundred-thousand laps around Earth, and the International Space Station is still sailing right along. The space station reached the orbital milestone — 17½ years in the making —on Monday morning.

NASA says these 100,000 orbits are akin to traveling more than 2.6 billion miles. That's equivalent to 10 round trips to Mars, or almost one way to Neptune. Astronauts have been living continuously aboard the 250-mile-high complex since 2000.

 

Since then, over 220 people have lived or visited there. Two Americans, three Russians and one Englishman currently call the space station home.

They recently achieved a milestone, snapping the 3 millionth picture taken over the years from the scientific outpost.

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