If you could drive a car upwards at 60mph, how long would it take to get to the Moon?

The only way is up, but you're going to need more than an energy drink if you're going to make this epic journey into space.

5th September 2015
If you could drive a car upwards at 60mph, how long would it take to get to the Moon? (iStock)

Asked by: Matt B, Glastonbury

Astronomer Fred Hoyle was the first to point out that if you could drive a car upwards at 95km/h (60mph), it would only take about an hour to get into space. To get to the Moon would take a little longer though, since it's 400,000km (250,000 miles) away - around 10 times the circumference of the Earth. So it would take as long as driving around the world 10 times - just under six months. Your only real problem (apart from the lack of air for your lungs and for burning the petrol) would be finding a garage to refuel - and that has a loo!

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