How long did Apollo 11 take to get to the moon?
The Apollo 11 mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969 and arrived at the Moon four days, 6 hours and 45 minutes later, on July 20th.
The total elapsed time for the mission was 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds. After orbiting the Moon several times, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed their lunar module Eagle on the surface of the moon at 4:17 PM UTC. Armstrong famously stepped out onto the lunar surface a few hours later and declared “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The success of Apollo 11 paved the way for six more successful lunar missions between 1969 and 1972. These included Apollo 12 through 17, with Apollo 13 famously having to abort its moon landing due to an onboard explosion while en route to the Moon. The Apollo program ended in 1972 with the completion of Apollo 17, and remains one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments.