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How long does it take for rocket to reach space?

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It takes the shuttle approximately 8- 1/2 minutes to get to orbit. And if you think about it, we're accelerating a 4-1/2 million pound system from zero miles per hour to its orbital velocity of 17,500 miles per hour in those 8- 1/2 minutes. So it's a heck of a ride for the astronauts.
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