By Shrien Alshabasy
Published: May 27, 2015
Everyone wants to go the moon. After all, it’s a small step for a man but a giant leap for mankind (Thank you, Neil Armstrong). But how long does it take for a traveling object to actually get to the moon?
The moon is 239,000 miles away from Earth. Neutrinos, subatomic particles produced by the decay of radioactive elements, take only 1.2829 seconds to get to the moon. In the amount of time it takes some people to snap, particles are already surfacing on the moon. Light takes 1.2830 seconds, which shouldn’t be such a surprise. After all, light is the fastest thing on earth. Sorry, cheetahs.
The Apollo 11 Spacecraft takes much longer to get to the moon then light or subatomic particles. It takes the spacecraft 73 hours to get to the moon, a little more than three days. However, a Boeing 737 Jumbo Jet Airplane goes even slower. If you hopped onto a Boeing, it would take you a total of 8 days to get to the moon. Suddenly, Apollo 11 doesn’t sound so bad, huh?
It takes the fastest runner, however, 365 days to get to the moon. That’s a whole year of someone’s life.
So, if you could, would you run to the moon? Would a year of life here on Earth be worth an exchange for a moment on the glowing star?