Donnerstag, 9. April 2009

"Apollo 777" - seventh & latest lunar landing mission!

We reached the moon!
With our VW Golf 1.9 TDI!

In December 1972 "Apollo 17" was the sixth & final manned mission to the moon.
Today, 36 1/2 years later, "Apollo 777" perpetuate this dream of humankind.
We - that's my reliable car & me & sometimes my wife - travelled the (average) distance between moon & Earth.

The average centre-to-centre distance from the Earth to the Moon is 384401 km (238862 miles), about thirty times the diameter of the Earth.
Others talk about one or two kilometers less or more - but who cares???

My average fuel consumption over this distance is exactly 5,30 litres per 100 kilometres.
That is 2.25 per 100 statute miles.
That means I've blown out approximately 20373 litres of diesel fuel within the last 7 1/2 years of driving. That's pretty a lot.

But try to assume (or even better: calculate) what it means to have an average consumption of "only" one litre per 100 km more...
Each litre more per 100 km means 3844,01 litres of fuel more over such a distance!

So the same distance covered with a car with an average fuel consumption of 10 litres per 100 km means an overconsumption of 18067 litres of fuel compared to mine!!!

Does anybody know how much the fuel consumption of Apollo 17 on their flight to the moon was??? All I know was the flight time: 4 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes.


In the meanwhile we already left the moon again and we are right now on our "flight" back to Earth!
Let's wait and see if we succeed in the next 384401 kilometres
with our "Apollo 777" space ship made by Volkswagen... ;-)


  1. What an amazing journey and with that low consumption! Would be something for the guys at NASA to look into for coming excursions into space.To be honest I never believe they ever been there?! Keep well on your bustour

  2. Anonym21/4/09

    Congratulations UW!!! It would be interesting to know how many clutches, suspension parts, brake discs, etc you needed while being on your journey to the moon...I bet not as much as we all think?

  3. The "Red Porsche Killer / Apollo 777" still has (of course) its
    first clutch
    first shock absorbers / suspension parts
    first gear & motor (without any change of the cylinder head gasket)
    and I only changed once the rear axle brake disks at 190.000 km and the front axle brake disks at 266.000 km.
    That's it... ;-)

    Thanks for your reply, PDT!