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How fast does the International Space Station travel?

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The International Space Station cruises at about 17,500 mph. The International Space Station has an average elevation of about 220 miles when orbiting Earth. Every hour and a half, the International Space Station completes an orbit around Earth.

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The International Space Station is a massive structure, having more than enough living space for a crew of six. The International Space Station weighs about 1 million pounds. It was occupied by its first crew in 2000, roughly two years after the station's first part went into space. The space station's source for electrical power is the sun as the station is equipped with solar arrays.

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