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Golf On The Moon

Remember when Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard pulled out a 6-iron and hit a few shots on the lunar surface?

July 20, 2009

135:08:17 Alan Shepard: (Facing the TV) Houston, while you're looking that up, you might recognize what I have in my hand as the handle for the contingency sample return; it just so happens to have a genuine six iron on the bottom of it. In my left hand, I have a little white pellet that's familiar to millions of Americans. I'll drop it down. Unfortunately, the suit is so stiff, I can't do this with two hands, but I'm going to try a little sand-trap shot here. (Pause)

135:08:53 Edgar Mitchell: You got more dirt than ball that time.

135:08:58 Shepard: Got more dirt than ball. Here we go again.

135:09:01 Fred Haise: That looked like a slice to me, Al.

135:09:03 Shepard: Here we go. Straight as a die; one more. (Long Pause)

135:09:20 Shepard: Miles and miles and miles.

135:09:26 Haise: Very good, Al.

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