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Apollo Moon Missions

How long does it take to get to the moon and back to earth?

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2009-09-09 17:18:43

The Apollo 11 astronauts were launched July 16th 1969 at

08:32:00 am EST from Kennedy Space Centre. They reached the Moon

when they performed a Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre

July 19th 12:21:50 pm EST. It took them 3 days, 3 hours, 49 minutes

to fly to the Moon. The astronauts took almost 3 days to return to


The Apollo 13 astronauts were launched April 11th 1970 at

2:13:00 pm EST from the Kennedy Space Centre. They flew around the

Moon and landed in the Pacific Ocean April 17th 1:07:41 pm EST. It

took them 5 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes to fly to the Moon and back

to the Earth.

The NASA Pluto probe New Horizons flew from the surface of the

Earth to the Moon's orbital path in eight hours and thirty-five

minutes in January 2006. The ESA SMART-1 lunar probe used an ion

engine to fly to the Moon. It was launched September 27th 2003 and

was slowly spiralling away from the Earth to the Moon. November

11th 2004 it was captured by the Moon's gravity - after one year,

one month and two weeks. These two missions did not return to


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