Golf Balls On The Moon
By Kickntrue on 10/14/08
How many golf balls are sitting on the fairway of the moon surface just waiting to be hit? Someone had the same question and submitted it to the NY Times and according to their research the answer is 2. On the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 Alan Shepard hit two balls. One was shanked and went about 40 yards. The other is them more famous 200 yard shot that Shepard says would've gone about 30 yards on earth.
The balls have never been retrieved and are just waiting to turn into GIR.
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The clubhead, a Wilson 6 Iron, is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It was threaded to attach to the shaft of some other space tool.
By the time Apollo 14 rolled around, we'd figured out there was nothing there but a bunch of rocks and not much use going. May as well hit some golf balls. Great, 14 billion dollars to fly 1/4 million miles and back, just to conduct this important scientific experiment. So let's design some clubs that can be used in a space suit, go back up there, build a course with 350 yard par 3's, 1000 yard par 4's and some 1400 yard par 5's (if he hit a 6 iron 200 yards one-handed then we should easily get 500-700 yard drives). We can re-boot those moon buggys we left up there and use them for carts. Heck, I see some future space exploration that will actually accomplish something! I'd hate to even imagine the green fees though, especially on weekends!
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