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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