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The NASA space shuttles, which ceased operation in 2011, orbited Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, according to SPACE.com. At this speed, the space shuttle traveled more than 5 miles every second. During operation, the spa... More »

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The space shuttle consists of two solid rocket boosters, an external fuel tank and an orbiter. The two solid rocket boosters are critical for launch, while the external fuel tank carries fuel for the launch and the orbit... More »

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The U.S. Space Shuttles flew at a variety of altitudes depending on their individual missions, mostly between 190 to 330 nautical miles above the Earth. The highest mission flown by a Space Shuttle was STS-82, where the ... More »

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If it is traveling at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour, the space shuttle takes approximately 90.35 minutes to make one orbit around the Earth. In a day, this space vehicle orbits the Earth about 15.9 times. However, the... More »

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A satellite requires a speed of 17,450 miles per hour in order to maintain a low Earth orbit. Satellites in higher orbits travel more slowly; for example, a geostationary satellite only orbits at 6,858 miles per hour. More »

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NASA has operated six space shuttles, beginning with the prototype orbiter, which was flown in Earth's atmosphere during landing and flight tests. Two of the shuttles, Columbia and Challenger, were lost in accidents, and... More »

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According to NASA, the space shuttle had to be going 17,500 miles per hour to maintain orbit around the Earth. As a comparison, the equator is 24,901.55 miles long. More »

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