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# What speed does the space shuttle have to reach to escape earths gravity?

Updated: 9/22/2023

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11y ago

17,500 miles per hour puts the shuttle in orbit. BUT the gravity is still there. I'm fact there is about 90% of the gravity while the shuttle is on the ground. That great rate of speed is required to keep the shuttle from falling back to earth. At that speed the shuttle is basically falling around the planet.

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