Fertilizerrrrrrs... innnnnn.... spaaaaaaaace!
Golf Turf Fertilizer Meets ISS
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/30/13
If you mention the words "golf" and "spaceflight" together, some people who have bothered to read history will immediately think of Alan Shepard hitting two golf balls on the Moon in February of 1971, during Apollo 14.

In a matter of days, golf and spaceflight are expected to merge again when NASA launches their 2014 Orbital 1 Commercial Resupply Services flight to the International Space Station from their Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia coast. In addition to being the first commercial ISS resupply flight, the vehicle will carry two chemicals from Lebanon Seaboard. One of the company's fertilizers and a microbial water-soluble inoculant will be part of an experiment that examines how a micro-gravity environment affects bacteria's ability to decompose organic matter.

The launch was supposed to occur on December 17, but problems with the space station's cooling fans necessitated a 5½-hour emergency spacewalk as part of a series of spacewalks intended to repair the cooling system.

The launch is now expected to occur no earlier than January 7, 2014.

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Duke of Hazards says:
In other news, 'Expendables 3' action star Dolph Lundgren recently revealed some of his favorite foods with fans via social media!

Duke of Hazards says:
You know, because 'Dolph' rhymes with 'golf'.
joe jones says:
Is there a course record for spreading fertilizer in space? What is par for that course?
Seriously. Will golf benefit by this experiment?
jasonfish11 says:
Since golf has 2 historical events in space does this mean space is ahead of Turkey in line for a Ryder Cup?
Torleif Sorenson says:
Joe Jones: Given the advances in communication, technology, and medicine that we have enjoyed as a result of NASA's manned, piloted space program, I'm inclined to believe the answer is yes. It is very difficult for scientists in the private and public sectors to get time and transportation up to the ISS; I am sure that NASA is doing these experiments only because they feel the potential is there for some worthwhile results.

J-Fish: Yes.  :-P   Plus, Turkey hasn't yet had a citizen in space yet - but they tried negotiating for one back in 2010.
jasonfish11 says:
"I am sure that NASA is doing these experiments only because they feel potential is there for some worthwhile results."

Google "wasteful NASA spending." Some interesting results. The experiments might have some worthwhile results, but someone isn't looking into the cost-benefit of some of these experiments. Yeah its great to know the migration reasons for red crabs. But is it worth a quarter million dollars?
joe jones says:
Tor! Results that specifically benefit Golf???? Like what.
mmontisano says:
The military spent more in 2011 than NASA has spent in 50 years. So maybe the benefits for golf are up in space, we just won't know until we can spend the money to find it.
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