zanl188
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Golf In Space?

Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:18 am

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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RE: Golf In Space?

Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:39 am

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?

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RE: Golf In Space?

Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:47 am

Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 1):
Neil Armstrong

Actually it was Alan Shepard on 14
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RE: Golf In Space?

Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:36 am

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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RE: Golf In Space?

Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:05 am

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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RE: Golf In Space?

Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:45 am

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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RE: Golf In Space?

Fri Nov 24, 2006 4:59 am

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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RE: Golf In Space?

Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:13 am

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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RE: Golf In Space?

Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:18 pm

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZLl3XwlAIE
 
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RE: Golf In Space?

Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:08 am

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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RE: Golf In Space?

Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:11 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 7):
At only 3 grams

It was ounces ... still far too less to make it through ...
 
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RE: Golf In Space?

Sat Nov 25, 2006 11:21 pm

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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RE: Golf In Space?

Sun Nov 26, 2006 12:44 am

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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