International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit of earth

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. is the online edition of Scotland's favourite newspapers, that brings you your Daily news. Every day we bring you the best in Scottish news, sport, entertainment and opinion, including breaking news, picture galleries, videos and live blogs.

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