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# With current space travel, how long would it take to travel 62 trillon miles?

Question #100569. Asked by Storm23. (Oct 27 08 4:35 PM)

MasterMmmm

As long as you are referring to the speed of the space shuttle an not any warp speed vehicle from TV, then that speed is approximately 17580 miles per hour while in orbit. So, the math would be something along these lines:

62 000 000 000 000 miles / 17 580 miles per hour = 3.52673493 × 10^9 hours to reach this location. This last number is 10 to the Ninth power, but I could not type that here. To convert this to show years to arrive, it would be:

((62 000 000 000 000 / 17 580) / 24) / 365 = 402 595.311

That is a lot of years. There are theories that wormholes could be found, or that we could fold space and time... someday we might. If this happens, then it would be instantaneous. There are other theories that say we can approximate the speed of light, but not exceed it. If that happens, it would cut the time, as it would also slow down your experience of life... in other words, while you travel at near the speed of light, you do not age as fast. If you were to leave, go a year at that speed and come back, you would not have aged, but your family would be long dead.

I hope this helps.

 Oct 27 08, 5:41 PM
cag1970

More accurate than using Earth orbital velocity to compute the travel time would be using Earth escape velocity, which is 7 miles per second, or 25,200 miles per hour. Using escape velocity makes more sense here, as the traveler would be leaving Earth behind.

Assuming no change in speed--that is, no acceleration or deceleration is imparted to the vehicle after achieving escape velocity--it would take 280,815.15 years to travel 62 trillion miles.

 Oct 28 08, 5:27 PM

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