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


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

The distance between Earth and Saturn varies depending on where the two planets are in their orbits around the sun. So the time it takes to travel to Saturn 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 Saturn for some past missions.

MISSION LAUNCHED SATURN
ARRIVAL
Voyager 1 Sept 5, 1977 Nov 12, 1980
Voyager 2 Aug 20, 1977 Aug 26, 1981
Pioneer 11 April 5, 1973 Sept 1, 1979