DWQA QuestionsCategory: Astronomyhow long does it take to get to mars ?
admin Staff asked 2 years ago

how long does it take to get to mars
 

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admin Staff answered 1 week ago

The answer to your question is that it takes anywhere from six to nine months to get to Mars, depending on a variety of factors. Firstly, the distance between Earth and Mars can vary depending on their respective positions in their orbits around the sun. When the two planets are closest to one another (known as ‘opposition’), the distance between them is approximately 33.9 million miles. This is the shortest distance between the two planets and, therefore, the quickest route. Secondly, your spacecraft’s speed affects the time it takes to get to Mars. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was the fastest spacecraft launched, which traveled at a top speed of around 450,000 mph (720,000 km/h). However, most interplanetary missions travel at slower speeds, usually around 40,000 mph (64,000 km/h) or less. Lastly, the trajectory of your spacecraft makes a difference in how long it takes to get to Mars. If you go for a direct route from Earth to Mars, it will take around six months to get there. However, if you use a more complicated path, such as a ‘gravity assist’ from other planets like Jupiter or Saturn, it can take up to nine months or more. So, in conclusion, it usually takes six to nine months to get to Mars, depending on the abovementioned factors.