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How many golf balls are sitting on the moon?

Question #59838. Asked by Priscilla9.

phil
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phil

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There are 3 golf balls on the moon. Alan Shepard hit 2 and dropped 1.
link http://www.open-video.org/details.php?videoid=4897

Dec 05 2000, 10:50 PM
JoshCaleb12
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JoshCaleb12
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If I understand the following website correctly, Alan Shepard brought three balls, the first of which got buried in his first attempt to swing the golf club on the moon... the second went only a little ways... and the third ball soared off into the wild blue (or is it black on the moon?) yonder... Shepard left one of the balls on the moon.

link http://www.xs4all.nl/~carlkop/golf.html

Oct 07 2005, 8:08 PM
Arpeggionist
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Arpeggionist
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Shepard reported that the third ball went out for "miles and miles and miles."

Oct 08 2005, 4:44 PM
MDWeathers
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There are just two, not three. There are a lot of online sources that have this wrong. Shepard did drop one, but he hit that same one again, plus one more. Also, he says there were just two in a 1991 interview.

See more discussion and links to transcripts at: link http://www.matthewweathers.com/year2007/golf_balls_moon.html

Sep 05 2008, 12:03 AM
MDWeathers
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MDWeathers

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There are TWO, not three, as several sources incorrectly claim. Shepard swung four times. Alan Shepard's first swing moved the ball less than a meter; his second swing missed, and kicked up some dust, the third swing hit that same first ball a couple hundred meters. Then he dropped a second ball, and his fourth swing hit that second ball a couple hundred meters.

For more discussion, and a transcript, including a 1991 interview in which Shepard himself says "two golf balls," see link http://www.matthewweathers.com/year2007/golf_balls_moon.html

Sep 05 2008, 12:26 AM
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