• Question: How long does it take to get to Space?

    Asked by karolina to Akram, David, Gill, Jack, laurenceharwood on 14 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Akram Alomainy

      Akram Alomainy answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      Depends on where in space and the speed of the aircraft … The shortest trip to the Moon took place in January 2006 by the NASA Pluto probe New Horizons. With the speed of 58,000 km/hr, it only took 8 hours and 35 minutes to get to the Moon from Earth.

    • Photo: Gill Menzies

      Gill Menzies answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      It takes about 8 minutes from launch for the shuttle to reach space. Wow? The space shuttle and the International Space Station orbit the Earth about 16 times a day. They are actually traveling faster than a bullet and together with the Earth’s gravity keep them in orbit around our planet

    • Photo: Jack Snape

      Jack Snape answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      It could be a lot quicker if somebody built a space elevator!


      These things would be really cool (if they existed!)… They’d allow people to get into space really cheaply 🙂

    • Photo: Laurence Harwood

      Laurence Harwood answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      We already have some really good responses but I guess it all depends what you think of as “space” – outside the Earth’s atmosphere, outside its gravitational pull etc etc. The next generation of super jets for long haul flights will probably enter “space” in the sense of getting out of the majority of the Earth’s atmosphere where, without the drag and resulting heating effects of the atmosphere, they will be able to fly much faster reducing trips to Australia from the UK to a few hours.