• Alan Shepard hits a golf ball on the Moon


    Date:7 September 2011 Tags:, , , , ,

    Apollo 14 Commander and original Mercury astronaut Alan B Shepard Jnr, the first American to fly in space, tees off on the lunar surface during his 1971 mission, with crewmate Edgar Mitchell watching and capcom Fred Haise commenting from Mission Control. Shepard said the ball went “miles and miles”.

    Shepard is using a real golf ball and an actual six iron, attached to the end of the handle for the contingency sample return.

    Image and video credit: Nasa

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