Golfers Delight: Golf on the moon

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Golf on the moon

35 years ago, astronaut Alan Shepard played the only golf shot on the moon.
Before climbing back into the lunar module, Shepard took out of his suit pocket "a little white pellet that's familiar to millions of Americans" − a golf ball − and dropped it on the surface. Then, using the handle for the contingency sample return container, to which was attached "a genuine six−iron," he took a couple of one−handed swings. He missed with the first, but connected with the second. The ball, he reported, sailed for "miles and miles."


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