Evading fixed point theorems we prove the interior approximate controllability of the following semilinear strongly damped wave equation with impulses and delay [...] in the space Z1/2 = D((−Δ)1/2)×L2(Ω),where r > 0 is the delay, Γ = (0, τ)×Ω, ∂Γ = (0, τ) × ∂Ω, Γr = [−r, 0] × Ω, (ϕ,ψ) ∈ C([−r, 0]; Z1/2), k = 1, 2, . . . , p, Ω is a bounded domain in ℝℕ(ℕ ≥ 1), ω is an open nonempty subset of , 1 ω denotes the characteristic function of the set ω, the distributed control u ∈ L2(0, τ; U), with U = L2(Ω),η,γ, are positive numbers and f , Ik ∈ C([0, τ] × ℝ × ℝ; ℝ), k = 1, 2, 3, . . . , p. Under some conditions we prove the following statement: For all open nonempty subsets Ω of the system is approximately controllable on [0,τ]. Moreover, we exhibit a sequence of controls steering the nonlinear system from an initial state (ϕ (0), ψ(0)) to an ε-neighborhood of the final state z1 at time τ > 0.