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  •  Online not much information. (4+ / 0-)

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    Despite thick gloves and a stiff spacesuit which forced him to swing the club with one hand, Shepard struck two golf balls; driving the second, as he jokingly put it, "miles and miles and miles.
    No exact figure is given.  Great question.  If he hit it hard enough would it reach escape velocity?  Could a human manage that feat?

    Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.--Edward Everett

    by possum on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 05:34:52 PM PDT

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    •  Dunno why they were doing it... (2+ / 0-)
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      possum, palantir

      but here's some clips of some Apollo 16 astronauts tossing stuff around on the Moon.  Some of it looks fairly heavy/bulky, but like Shepard's golf drive, the suits seem to be a limiting factor:

      Your comment made me wonder about baseball, too - if you could swing fast enough at a pitch that was coming at you through a no-atmosphere environment, I'll bet you could get some serious physics going!

      •  Now if we can just find a way to make space suits (1+ / 0-)
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        palantir

        as flexible as a scuba diving wetsuit...  Would that not be a sight to see???  I'd love to drive a golf ball or baseball into orbit and others likely feel the same way.  What fun!

        Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.--Edward Everett

        by possum on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 11:24:04 AM PDT

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