Friday, February 06, 2009

38 Years Ago Today Alan Shepard Played Golf On the Moon

On February 6, 1971 Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the moon for the second time in as many days, during the EVA Shepard shot two golf balls with a make-shift six iron, made from the handle of a sample return pole. I like the fact that he gets flak from Mission Control (Gene Cernan?) about the first shot possibly being a slice. Two-hundred and thirty thousand miles from home and your buddies are still razzing you about your golf game.

Sixty-eight years, one month and twenty days after the Wright Brothers first flew their canvas covered Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk Alan Shepard played golf on the moon, try that on the next person who tells you that "the science is over and conclusive" (anthropological global warming) or "man cannot do that" (missile defense). Not to be outdone Edgar Mitchell performed the javelin toss, making the mission the first lunar Olympics. Enjoy the NASA film.

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