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Friday will be a historic day for NASA. The space shuttle Endeavour will be launched for the 25th and final time. It's the second-to-last space shuttle launch for NASA. (Space shuttles will be replaced by the Orion space capsule.) Astronaut Mark Kelly is the commander of the mission. He is married to Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was a victim of the violent attack in Tucson, Arizona, in January. Her doctors have given Giffords permission to attend the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, her first trip since her injury.

During Endeavour's 15-day mission, the shuttle will have an altitude (height above the Earth) of 188 nautical miles. (NASA lists distances in nautical miles, which are commonly used by sea and air navigators.) One nautical mile is approximately equal to 1.15 land miles. What will be the Endeavour's altitude in land miles?

Update: The Endeavour launch was postponed due to an issue with the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) heaters and a new date has not yet been determined. The answer to the question is 216.2 land miles.

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