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  • Dilip

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    June 5, 2024 at 11:11 am
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    It typically takes around 6-9 months for a spacecraft to travel from Earth to Mars, depending on the specific mission profile and launch window. The exact travel time can vary due to factors like:

    • Launch date and trajectory – Launches during optimal “transfer windows” when the planets are favorably aligned can reduce travel time.
    • spacecraft speed – More powerful rockets and propulsion systems can shorten the journey.
    • Orbital mechanics – The distance between Earth and Mars changes over time as the planets orbit the Sun, affecting travel time.

    Most recent crewed missions to Mars have had flight times around 6-7 months. For example, the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launched in July 2020 and reached Mars in February 2021, a journey of about 7 months. Uncrewed cargo missions may be able to take a slightly faster “direct transfer” trajectory in as little as 5-6 months.

    So in summary, a typical Mars transit time for current space technology is in the range of 6-9 months, though the exact duration can vary depending on the specific mission parameters.

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