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!
How fast is the space station moving?
Does the space station rotate?
The ISS rotates about its center of mass at a rate of about 4 degrees per minute so that it will complete a full rotation once per orbit. This allows it to keep its belly towards the Earth. Because the Earth is rotating, the ISS doesn’t pass over the same places on Earth each orbit.
Can you see the space station?
The space station can be seen from over 6,700 locations worldwide. NASA officials said the space station is most visible in the sky at dawn and dusk. It will likely appear as a bright light moving quickly across the sky, as the space station flies at approximately 18,000 mph (28, 968 km/h).
Are there people on the International Space Station?
The ISS has been visited by astronauts, cosmonauts and space tourists from 18 different nations. As of 14 March 2019, 236 people from 18 countries had visited the space station, many of them multiple times.