Astronomy and Space

500 Miles and 500 More… No Sweat for an Astronaut

The Proclaimers 500 Miles International Space Station Distance traveled

The International Space Station (ISS) orbits the earth at a relative speed of 7.66 kilometers per second, allowing it to circle the earth in 90 minutes.

The 1988 song “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers contains the words, “But I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more.” The entire song is 3 minutes and 30 seconds in length.

An astronaut on the ISS who listens to that song will have traveled almost exactly 1,000 miles while that song is playing.


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