Former NASA astronaut attempts to break round-the-world speed record

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — A jet that took off from Kennedy Space Center Tuesday is hoping to break a record today.

Former NASA astronaut Terry Virts will attempt to fly around the world in less than 48 hours.

Virts and his crew wants to set a round-the-world speed record for any aircraft flying over the North and South Poles.

The time to beat: 52 hours and 32 minutes—a record set in 2008.

The 25,000 mile mission, called One More Orbit, pays tribute to the start of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

You can track the flight on FlightRadar24.com.

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