The International Space Station travels in orbit around Earth at a speed of roughly 17,150 miles per hour (that’s about 5 miles per second!).
This means that the Space Station orbits Earth (and sees a sunrise) once every 92 minutes!
What orbit is the ISS in?
ISS orbits at approximately 220 miles (350 km) above the Earth and it travels at an average speed of 17,227 miles (27,724 km) per hour. ISS makes multiple orbits around the Earth every day.
How far does the ISS travel in one orbit?
240: The average distance in miles above Earth’s surface the ISS orbits (400 kilometers). On a clear day, the ISS is easily visible to the naked eye from the ground.
Why does the ISS travel west to east?
The ISS orbital altitude drops gradually over time due to the Earth’s gravitational pull and atmospheric drag.