# Exactly how far astronaut Alan Shepard hit those golf balls on the Moon

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A mile in space is not a mile on Earth, everybody knows that.

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It is the order of operations. When you add miles and miles and miles you subtract miles for the miles you add and subtract when adding.

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I read that, then re-read it, and now my tiny brain hurts. Thanks…

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Jewish Space Math. Learned it from Tom Lehrer.

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This makes perfect logical sense, that’s how we got Jewish Space Lasers! Just think, the accolades for this vital discovery will be coming in like an avalanche. We may have just altered the course of the entire known universe…

What a Monday!

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Understandable, as Mr. Shepard’s brain probably was still stuck on how long hang time is on Earth. If a ball in our gravity well stays aloft for so long, then it is an amazing shot.

I for my part wonder if the kinetic force of a pro golfer could send a golf ball into escape velocity on the moon. Something a robot could simulate, I suppose, as the space suit hinders a human too much to get a real swing in.

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You said a mouth full, I can’t swing with all that space suit holding me back either.

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It’s the metric conversion. Double it and add 32.

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Docking tethers.

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determine just how far “miles and miles and miles” is.

I thought it had long since been established that he’d hit them only a few yards (hitting golf balls while manipulating a golf stick from inside a space suit almost being certain to result in a mishit).

I even thought I’d read he admitted it. But cannot find a record of that so maybe I imagined it.

Obligatory Wallace & Gromit…

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I suppose the balls are still up there. Did he bring the club back with him? If so, I suppose it is now a scientific specimen considering it is now covered in moon dust.

Seems to be in the USGA Golf Museum.

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