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International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit of Earth

Published 16/05/2016

British astronaut Tim Peake is currently on board the ISS
British astronaut Tim Peake is currently on board the ISS

It's 100,000 laps around Earth and counting for the International Space Station.

The space station reached the orbital milestone - 17-and-a-half years in the making - on Monday morning.

Nasa said these 100,000 orbits are akin to travelling more than 2.6 billion miles, which is the equivalent of 10 round trips to Mars, or almost one way to Neptune.

Each orbit takes about 90 minutes, and 16 orbits comprise a station day.

Astronauts have been living continuously aboard the complex 250 miles up since 2000. Construction began two years before that.

Since then, 222 people have lived or visited there, the vast majority of them - 189 - men, according to Nasa.

In total, there have been 47 permanent crews representing the US, Russian, Canadian, Japanese and European space agencies.

Two Americans, three Russians and Englishman Tim Peake currently call the space station home.

They recently achieved a photographic milestone, snapping the three millionth picture taken over the years from the scientific outpost.

"One hundred thousand orbits, the journey continues," Nasa astronaut Jeffrey Williams said in a celebratory video from space.

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