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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2778 times:
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A few minutes ago the Russian Cosmonaut aboard the ISS made a golf shot during a space walk. He used a six iron to launch a 3 oz ball.

He shanked it.....

No word as to what par is for this hole, but I suspect any shot that does not recontact the station will be considered a hole in one.

The "ball" is expected to reenter in two to three days....


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User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Wasn't it Neil Armstrong that tried to hit a golf ball while walking on the moon?

Imagine what kind of length Tiger Woods could get with his driver in space?

David



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29836 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 1):
Neil Armstrong

Actually it was Alan Shepard on 14



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2708 times:

Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 1):
Imagine what kind of length Tiger Woods could get with his driver in space

You or I could do just as well with a putter.

Part of the flight of a golf ball here on Earth is due to aerodynamics relating to the dimples and the spin. In space these would not be a factor. That would leave only the motion imparted by the impact with the club head. In theory, a tap with the putter would impart motion that would never stop until something stronger caught it - like the gravity of a passing star.



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2704 times:
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Quoting SlamClick (Reply 3):
In theory, a tap with the putter would impart motion that would never stop until something stronger caught it - like the gravity of a passing star.

It would have to escape the gravity of the star it's presently orbiting first..  Smile a non trivial matter!

If I'm not mistaken last night's space tee-off was mechanically assisted. The club tapped a latch or mechanism and a spring provided the impetus to the ball. This was done to prevent the ball from "escaping" early and to ensure it departed in the correct direction (which it didn't do).



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 4):
It would have to escape the gravity of the star it's presently orbiting first..

Yeah, I was sort of thinking deep space - the intergalactic void or something. Teeing off from a space station is a very minor (in interstellar terms) perturbation of an object already orbiting a planet which is, in turn, orbiting a star, which is presumably orbiting the centroid of the galaxy. At best you could knock it into a higher or lower orbit, I suppose, or into a comet-like orbit around the sun.



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User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Thread starter):

The "ball" is expected to reenter in two to three days....

Re-enter as in penetrate the earths atmosphere and come crashing down on some unsuspecting victim?  Wink




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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 2664 times:
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Quoting Garri767 (Reply 6):
Re-enter as in penetrate the earths atmosphere and come crashing down on some unsuspecting victim?

At only 3 grams, it will vaporize long, long, before it gets anywhere near the "green".



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User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

NASA Video on Youtube showing the Golf shot by Alan Shepard!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZLl3XwlAIE


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

Quoting Lurch (Reply 8):
NASA Video on Youtube showing the Golf shot by Alan Shepard!

The cool thing is watching how slow the golf ball drops from his hand to the surface due to the 1/6th gravity, at about :52 seconds and 1:32.



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User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2551 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 7):
At only 3 grams

It was ounces ... still far too less to make it through ...


User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2549 times:
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Quoting PADSpot (Reply 10):
It was ounces ... still far too less to make it through ...

My original post was in error... All the sources I've seen say grams... like this one...

Just how far the golf ball travels won't be known until the ball enters and burns up in Earth's atmosphere. The ball weighs 3 grams, only about 1/15th the weight of a normal golf ball. It weighs less to minimize any damage should it actually strike something.

Fair use excerpt from CNN....

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/1...22/spacestation.golf.ap/index.html


All the more reason for the US to go metric....  Smile



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User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

A three gram golf ball? Was it made of paper? I'd say that a normal golf ball has something around 3 oz ... anyway. 3 grams or 3 ounces of orbital ashes are not worth the talk  Smile

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