• Question: How long does it take to get to space? and and long does it take to go to the moon? ;)

    Asked by 10zayyour1 to Ben, Clare, Ezzy, Mario, Sam on 15 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Mario Campanelli

      Mario Campanelli answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      few hours to go out of the atmosphere (which is only 11 km high!) and a few days to go to the moon and back, but nobody’s been there for a long time!

    • Photo: Clare Burrage

      Clare Burrage answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      It depends on how fast you can travel! It takes about one hundredth of a second for light to travel from the moon to the Earth. The Apollo missions took a few days to get to the moon, but new rockets can get there much faster, the record is eight and a half hours.

    • Photo: Elizabeth Pearson

      Elizabeth Pearson answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Space isn’t that far away. If the world were a beach ball then the atmosphere would be the thickness of a layer of paint on that beach ball, so it doesn’t take very long to get there. If you could drive straight up in a car it would only take 10min! We can’t do that though, and rockets take a while to get up to the speed needed, so it takes a few hours.