Man first set foot on the moon in July 1969, instilling the dream of becoming an astronaut in the minds of children across the globe. For many, this will only ever be a dream, as applicants only have a 0.6% of being selected to become an astronaut as of the latest records. It is quite clear, therefore, chances are slim. As we’ve established that there isn’t much chance of all those space lovers being able to go to the moon, let’s just say that cars have the ability to drive into space! Which leads me to the question, how long would it take to drive to the moon?
The moon is 248,355 miles away from planet earth, a trip that took roughly three days for the Apollo space missions to complete. The fastest time ever recorded to get to the moon was the ‘New Horizons’ probe that sped past the moon in eight hours and forty-five minutes. However, for somebody driving, it would take a lot longer than that. The driver would need to be prepared to not fall asleep at the wheel, or possibly rely on multiple drivers because it would be a very long trip.
If you’re driving at a nice, comfortable, consistent speed of sixty miles per hour, straight up without stopping, then it has been said that you will be able to reach the moon in six months. Even though it would take that extortionate amount of time to get to your location, it would only take one hour of driving to actually get into space.
The circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles, so the distance of driving to the moon is the equivalent of driving around the earth’s circumference ten times. What would you rather do, drive around the earth once for a shorter amount of time? Or spend six months in a car driving to the moon?
Being realistic, of course, it wouldn’t actually be possible to drive there. There would be no air for your lungs so you wouldn’t be able to breathe, you wouldn’t have enough fuel to get you there in one trip, and there would be no toilet available when you needed to go. It sounds like a very uncomfortable six months to us… We think we’re quite happy here for now!