# Golf balls on the moon

## Are there any golf balls on the moon?

Alan Shepard is the only person to hit a golf ball on the Moon . During the Apollo 14 mission, he fitted an 8 iron head to the handle of a lunar sample collection device and launched three golf balls . They are still there !

## Why are there 3 golf balls on the moon?

In the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, astronaut Alan Shepard decided to have some fun. He modified an 8-iron club head and attached it to the end of a device used to collect samples of moon dust. He then played around, smacking a few balls which were then left on the moon once they went back home.

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## How many good balls are on the moon?

It is TRUE. Astronaut Alan Shepard is the fifth man to walk on the Moon and the first (and only) to have played golf there. He hit two balls during the Apollo 14 mission.

## What happens if you throw a ball on the moon?

On Earth, a golf ball doesn’t remain in the air for long as the planet’s gravity quickly pulls it back down. On the moon , a golf ball will travel much farther because the comparatively weak surface gravity will accelerate it back to the surface more slowly.

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## Who stayed on the moon the longest?

Astronauts Cernan and Schmitt performed the longest single lunar surface excursion at 7 hours, 37 minutes, 22 seconds. They also logged the longest total excursion time on the Moon at 22 hours, 5 minutes, 4 seconds.

## Can you hit a golf ball into orbit on the moon?

No, you cannot hit a golf ball into orbit on the moon .

## Could you throw a rock off the moon?

No. The moon’s escape velocity is ~2376 m/s (5314 mph). If you were on mars’ moon Deimos for example, though, you would only need to throw it at 5.6m/s or 12.5 mph straight up for it to leave the moon forever. A tank could almost fire a projectile capable of escaping the moon’s orbit.

## Has anyone died on the moon?

As of 2020, there have been 15 astronaut and 4 cosmonaut fatalities during spaceflight. Astronauts have also died while training for space missions, such as the Apollo 1 launch pad fire which killed an entire crew of three.

## How many golf balls should I carry?

There’s no limit to how many golf balls a player can carry in his or her bag, so long as they comply with the One Ball Rule, which dictates the same model and manufacturer. Rich Beem used to play with a new ball on every hole.

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