Scientists have calculated how long it would take you to walk around the moon

For most of human civilisation, people thought even reaching the moon was impossible but now thanks to the work of a team of scientists, with perhaps too much time on their hands – we know how long it would take to walk around it.

In a frankly jaw-dropping piece of maths, the team at Live Science claim they've managed to provide a definitive answer to the question.

As you might expect it is subject to a number of factors and caveats including the terrain of the moon and the average walking speed of a person.

Their research states that with a "hypothetical walking speed of up to 3.1 mph (5 km/h) it would take about 91 days to walk the 6,786 miles (10,921 kilometres) around the moon."

Sounds doable and a lot more interesting than most walking holidays right?

Well, there's a sting in the tail.

According to the scientists, it wouldn't be possible to walk non-stop for 91 days in a row even though there'd really be nothing else you could do on the moon.

So a more realistic calculation would be that if a person walked at that speed for four hours a day they'd complete the journey in 1.5 years (547 days).

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It wouldn't be without difficulty though.

Speaking to Live Science, Aidan Cowley, a scientific adviser at the European Space Agency laid out some of the problems moon walkers would face.

He said: "I think logistically, it could be done but it would be a very strange mission to support.

"A lot of the agencies are looking into the concept of having a pressurized rover, which can actually support the astronauts when they're doing exploration missions, kind of like portable mini-bases.

"You could use that to go in at night and resupply and then go back out during the day and walk around again."

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