How Long Did It Take Neil Armstrong to Get to the Moon?

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The Apollo 11 space mission, commanded by Neil Armstrong, took three days, three hours and 49 minutes to reach the moon after launching from Earth. However, Armstrong did not set foot on the moon for more than six hours after landing.

Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969, at 9:32 a.m. EST. After a three-day journey, the lunar module landed at the Sea of Tranquility on July 20 at 4:17 p.m. After a variety of tests, observations and preparation, Neil Armstrong emerged from the module and made the first small step for man on the surface of the moon at 10:56:15 p.m. on July 20, 1969.

Man’s first visit to the moon was a short one. The three astronauts of Apollo 11 lifted off from the moon at 1:54 p.m. on July 21, having spent only 22 hours and 37 minutes at the landing site.