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Answers Your Questions

From: Danny Cummins, of Dornock, Annan Dumfriesshire
To: Bill Reeves, flight director for the planning team

Question: What is the maximum velocity of a space shuttle orbiting the Earth?

Answer: The Space Shuttle orbits the Earth at about 17,500 miles per hour (28,100 kilometers per hour) or 25,600 feet per second (7800 meters per second).

Michael Moses
Orbit 2 Propulsion Officer

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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
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