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How long does it take for the International Space Station to orbit Earth?

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The International Space Station takes 91.63 minutes to orbit Earth. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in its first 10 years in space, the International Space Station had orbited Earth 57,361 times, which calculates to 15.7153 orbits daily; this number varies based on air drag and corrective reboosts.

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How long does it take for the International Space Station to orbit Earth?
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NASA says that the International Space Station, which hosted 204 astronauts in the first 10 years, occupies an area the size of an American football field. It is powered by eight solar arrays, occupying about one acre of space and producing 75 to 90 kilowatts of electricity. The International Space Station weighs 924,739 pounds (419,455 kilograms) and has a living area that is equivalent to a six-bedroom house.

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