Often when talking about distances in space, it’s difficult to wrap your head around how far things can be. Conversely, it can be difficult sometimes to realize how close other things are. Kottke points out just how close the definition of space is and relatedly, how close the space station really is.
A distance of 62 miles can covered by a car on the interstate in less than an hour. Stable Earth orbits are achievable at only 100 miles above the Earth, with the ISS and Space Shuttles usually orbiting at a height of ~200 miles. To show how small a distance that really is, I made the following image…the orange line in the upper left represents 200 miles away from the surface.