How will astronauts experience New Year’s 16 times?

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NASA has said that 6 astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) will experience this New Year’s 16 times!

Wait… how does that work?

Well, let’s do a little back of the envelope calculation.

The ISS orbits the earth once every 90 minutes. That means it completes one circle around the earth in 90 minutes. So that’s a sunrise and a sunset.

How many minutes in a day? 24 hours in a day x 60 minutes in an hour = 1440 minutes in a day.

Time to complete one orbit is 90 minutes, so how many times can it orbit the earth in 1440 minutes?

That’s easy! 1440/90 = 16! That’s 16 sunrises and sunsets and therefore, 16 New Year’s Days!

Written by: Sunaina Murthy

 

 

 

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