• Question: Q3) How fast is the International Space Station travelling around the earth and do the astronauts feel the speed?

    Asked by mrmull to Rochelle, Kevin, Julia, Jon F, Beth, Adrian on 21 Jan 2016. This question was also asked by firerisehd.
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      Julia Attias answered on 21 Jan 2016:

      The ISS is travelling around the Earth at a speed of 17.500 miles an hour! The astronauts don’t feel the speed per se, because the station is moving so fast that everything inside it is in free fall. So they merely feel their floating sensations.