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Q. How long does it take a space shuttle to fly around the world? — Katelynn M.
A. Around an hour and a half.
If a shuttle were flying at an altitude around 180 to 190 miles above Earth, it would take about 90 minutes to fly around the globe one time.
That means it can travel around the world 16 times a day. During a short eight-day flight, a shuttle would make 128 trips around Earth. A longer 16-day flight would see 256 trips around the globe.
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