Blast into orbit with this well-rounded quiz. Will you crash back to Earth, or reach the stars?

#1. How many times does the International Space Station cross the Equator each time it does a full orbit of Earth?

The International Space Station’s orbit is a circle on an angle. Each orbit, it gets as far north as the United Kingdom, and further south than New Zealand!

#2. Where would you find your orbital bones?

Your orbital bones are the parts of your skull that surround the eye.

#3. How long does it take Mars to orbit the Sun?

It takes 687 Earth days for Mars to orbit the Sun.

#4. What type of animal is an orb weaver?

Orb weavers are spiders that weave big, wheel-shaped webs.

#5. What shape is Pluto’s orbit around the Sun?

Pluto’s orbit is highly elliptical, so this dwarf planet’s orbit looks quite ‘squashed’ compared to many planets with more circular orbits.

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Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

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