How Long does It Take to Travel to the Moon?

The average distance from Earth to the moon is 238,855 miles. The slowest mission to the moon was on September 27, 2003 when the ESA SMART-1 lunar probe was propelled to the moon taking 1 year, 1 month and 2 weeks. Other missions, like China’s Chang’e-1, launched on October 24, 2007, arrived in lunar orbit in 5 days. Apollo 11 astronauts, riding in a huge multi-stage rocket reached lunar orbit after only 3 days in space. Our record breaking trip was NASA’s New Horizons Pluto mission with rockets powering the probe at over 58,000 km/hr it only took 8 hours and 35 minutes to cover the distance from Earth to the moon! The point being that the way in which one travels to the moon will determine how quickly or slowly that you’ll arrive there.