Ask an Astronomer for KIDS! - How long does it take to get to Jupiter from Earth?


How long does it take to get to Jupiter from Earth?

The distance between Earth and Jupiter varies depending on where the two planets are in their orbits around the sun. So the time it takes to travel to Jupiter from Earth depends on the distance between the two planets at the time of launch. It also depends on the speed of the spacecraft and the path chosen. Below is a list of launch and arrival times between Earth and Jupiter for some past missions.

MISSION LAUNCHED JUPITER
ARRIVAL
Cassini Oct 15, 1997 July 1, 2004
Voyager 1 Sept 5, 1977 March 5, 1979
Voyager 2 Aug 20, 1977 July 9, 1979
Ulysses Oct 6, 1990 Dec 8, 1992
Pioneer 11 April 5, 1973 Dec 2, 1974