how long did it take Neil Armstrong to get to the moon?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    38 years 11 months and 15 days

    (Born 5th August 1930, landed 20th July 1969, 16 days short of his 39th birthday)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969 at 13:32 UTC (9:32 A.M. local time). Armstrong took manual control of the lunar module and with Aldrin's assistance, calling out data from the radar and computer, guided it to a landing at 20:17 UTC on July 20.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    102 hours, 45 minutes and 40 seconds.

    The Apollo 11 spacecraft was launched from Cape Kennedy at 13:32:00 UT on July 16, 1969. After 2 hr and 33 min in Earth orbit, the S-IVB engine was reignited for acceleration of the spacecraft to the velocity required for Earth gravity escape.

    Lunar-orbit insertion began at 75:50 ground elapsed time (GET). The spacecraft was placed in an elliptical orbit (61 by 169 nautical miles), inclined 1.25 degrees to the lunar equatorial plane. At 80:12 GET, the service module propulsion system was reignited, and the orbit was made nearly circular (66 by 54 nautical miles) above the surface of the Moon. Each orbit took two hours. Photographs taken from lunar orbit provided broad views for the study of regional lunar geology.

    The lunar module (LM), with Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin aboard, was undocked from the command-service module (CSM) at 100:14 GET, following a thorough check of all the LM systems. At 101:36 GET, the LM descent engine was fired for approximately 29 seconds, and the descent to the lunar surface began. At 102:33 GET, the LM descent engine was started for the last time and burned until touchdown on the lunar surface. Eagle landed on the Moon 102 hr, 45 min and 40 sec after launch.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    3 days

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    4 days 6 hours and 45 minutes

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The mission plan of Apollo 11 was to land two men on the lunar surface and return them safely to Earth. The launch took place at Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A on July 16, 1969, at 08:32 a.m. EST. The spacecraft carried a crew of three: Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. The back up crew was Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Fred Haise.The mission evaluation concluded that all mission tasks were completed satisfactorily.

    The first manned spacecraft landing on the Moon was at 3:17 p.m. EST on July 20, 1969, when the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, the Eagle, landed in Mare Tranquillitatis, located at 0°4'5"N latitude, 23°42'28"E longitude. The Eagle landed approximately 50 kilometers from the closest highland material and approximately 400 meters west of a sharp-rimmed blocky crater about 180 meters in diameter. Astronaut Aldrin immediately began describing the view from the window:

    ". . . it looks like a collection of just about every variety of shapes, angularities, and granularities, every variety of rock you could find . . . it looks as though they're going to have some interesting colors to them."

    At 2156:20 USCDT, July 20 (1256:20 AEST July 21 1969) 38 year old Neil Alden Armstrong from Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA, stepped onto the lunar surface and spoke those immortal words: “That’s one small step for man…. one giant leap for mankind.”

    The Apollo 11 astronauts had several tasks to accomplish during extravehicular activity (EVA) operations while on the surface. Time permitting, the astronauts planned to collect lunar samples, deploy several experiments, and examine and photograph the lunar surface. The following map of the landing area shows where these activities took place. The EVA lasted approximately 2.5 hours. All scientific activities were completed satisfactorily, all instruments were deployed, and samples were collected.

    The Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) began at 10:39:33 p.m. EDT on July 20, 1969. Astronaut Neil Armstrong emerged from the spacecraft first. While descending, he released the Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly on the Lunar Module's descent stage. A camera on this module provided live television coverage of man's first step on the Moon. On this, their one and only EVA, the astronauts had a great deal to do in a short time. During this first visit to the Moon, the astronauts remained within about 100 meters of the lunar module, collected about 47 pounds of samples, and deployed four experiments. After spending approximately 2 hours and 31 minutes on the surface, the astronauts ended the EVA at 1:11:13 a.m. EDT on July 21.

    In addition to their sample collection activities, the Apollo 11 crew performed several experiments on the lunar surface. The results of some of these experiments were either radioed to Earth by the crew or returned to Earth for laboratory analysis.

    •The Soil Mechanics Investigation studied the properties of the lunar soil.

    •The Solar Wind Composition Experiment collected samples of the solar wind for analysis on Earth.

    Other experiments were deployed by the crew and then monitored from Earth by radio telemetry after the crew departed. This group of experiments was termed the Early Apollo Scientific Experiment Package. It was less extensive than the experiments performed on later missions, both because of time restrictions on the EVA and because of limitations on the payload mass carried on the first landing attempt.

    •The Passive Seismic Experiment detected lunar "moonquakes" and provided information about the internal structure of the Moon.

    •The Laser Ranging Retroreflector measured very precisely the distance between the Earth and Moon.

    •The Lunar Dust Detector studied the effects of lunar dust on the operation of the experiment package.

    After 21 hours on the lunar surface, the two lunar explorers prepared their ship for lift off. Right on time at 1254 USCDT July 21 (0354 AEST 22 July), the rocket engine that had to fire, fired.

    On Friday July 25, 1969 Columbia was spotted entering some clouds from the USS Hornet nine minutes before splashdown, coming into view again, swinging gently under its three parachutes.

    Twenty minutes after Honeysuckle Creek lost Apollo 11’s signal for the last time, at 1151 spacecraft time (0751 local Hawaii time) on Thursday 24 July, but 0251 the next morning at Honeysuckle Creek, the Command Module splashed down into the Pacific Ocean, just 1,530 kilometres south west of Honolulu. It had just travelled 1,534,832 kilometres in 8 days, 3 hours and 18 minutes. Gathered around the landing point to greet the three intrepid space travellers were 9,000 men in 9 ships and fifty four aircraft, spearheaded by the aircraft carrier USS Hornet.

    Apollo 11 landed just 42 seconds behind the time specified in the Flight Plan, published months before. The astronauts were placed in quarantine in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory for 11 days.

  • 1 decade ago

    3 days after leaving Earth orbit, Apollo 11 entered lunar orbit. After a day or two in lunar orbit, they landed. In theory the period in lunar orbit was not necessary, they could have landed right after entering lunar orbit.

  • 1 decade ago

    41/2 days allowing for procedures from take off to landing.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Four days - and don't forget Buzz Aldrin and Michael Colllins, they were there too!

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