How Long Does It Take to Get to the Moon in a Spaceship?

Modern space vehicles average around 3 days to get to the moon. The exact time it takes a spaceship to reach Earth's natural satellite varies in relation to the craft's flight path.

Apollo 11 was the first of several Apollo missions that successfully landed man on the moon. This spacecraft was launched into space using a Saturn V rocket, which left Kennedy Space Center at 9:32 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 16, 1969. Apollo 11 entered into lunar orbit 3 days later.

On July 20, the lunar module of Apollo 11 that carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed on the moon's surface at 4:18 p.m. EDT. Around 6 hours later, Armstrong made history by setting the first human foot on the satellite. From takeoff to landing, the spacecraft took 4 days, 6 hours and 46 minutes to reach the moon.