A voyage to the moon is not a spur of the moment decision and therefore cannot be undertaken by vacation enthusiasts or honeymooners. It is mostly a trip undertaken by space agencies and countries of the world for research or exploration and it is usually majorly funded by them. That being said, the distance from Earth to the moon is roughly between 360,000km to 405,000km, this figure is however dependent on if the moon is at its closest point (Perigee) or farthest point (apogee).
How long does it take to travel to the moon?
The distance of Earth to the moon and how fast it takes to get there is largely dependent on the kind of spaceship that will be used for the travel, the fuel efficiency of the spaceship that the user and the path, of course, the spaceship will take to the moon. It is also dependent on whether the space agency that embarks on the travel decides to bring such spaceship back to earth, for the duration of that issue, a spacecraft travels at the least 240,000 miles (386, four hundred kilometers) that’s the distance amongst earth and the moon.
The number of days it takes to travel to the moon varies widely. Travel to the moon could take as short as hours or as long as years.
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The first and popular travel to the moon was Apollo 11, Captained by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who became the first men to walk on the moon and also brought back moon rocks as souvenirs. Their travel took a total of 51 hours and 49 mins to get to the moon.
Another of such spaceship that went on a travel to the moon used 34hours to get there. The travel was made by Luna 2 sponsored by the Soviet Union.
A noteworthy travel to the moon was undertaken by NASA in 2006. The spaceship was called New Horizons and it took 8 hours 30mins for it to get to the moon.
The longest travel to the moon however was by Space Agency (ESA) Smart-1 Lunar Probe. It arrived at the moon a year and a month after transit. The travel used an ion engine for its journey because of its fuel and energy efficiency.
These missions all used different paths, engines, and spaceships for their travels.
Astronomer Fred Hoyle opined that if one were to drive a car to the moon it would take about six months to get to the moon. He said that the car would have to be driving at 95km/h and the car would be driving upward.
So there you have it, if you want to travel to the moon be sure to go covered by one of the space agencies where you will be trained and given adequate equipment to make the journey easy and where you get the decide the route and path ideal for you.