• Question: How long does it take to build a rocket that goes to the moon to take pitchers and and samples and bring them back to earth

    Asked by Eagles5Libby to Rochelle, Hannah on 15 Mar 2017.
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      Hannah Sargeant answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      It can take anywhere from 5-15 years to design and build a rocket. If it is a new rocket it will usually take a long time. The rockets that were used to go to the Moon in the 1960’s, called the Saturn-5, took about 5 years from design to launch. But at the time, they had lots of money and pressure to finish so things happened a little faster.

      Once a rocket is launched it will take about 3 days to get to the Moon and then you can spend a few days there taking pictures and getting samples, before returning home again on another 3 day journey.

      The mission doesn’t really take very long but there are many years of hard work that goes into the mission beforehand!