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


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

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

MISSION LAUNCHED VENUS
ARRIVAL
Mariner 2 Aug 27, 1962 Dec 14, 1962
Mariner 5 June 14, 1967 Oct 19, 1967
Mariner 10 Nov 3, 1973 Feb 5, 1974
Pioneer May 20, 1978 Dec 4, 1978
Magellan May 4, 1989 Aug 10, 1990