Remembering Alan Shepard's lunar golf shots, 47 years later

On 6th Feb 1971( 47 years ago today) Alan Shepard pulled out a makeshift six iron, he smuggled on board Apollo 14 and hit two golf balls on the lunar surface becoming the first and only person to play golf anywhere other than Earth.
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The first American astronaut in space was named commander of Apollo 14 and wanted to do something special while on the moon. So he contacted a local club pro in Houston, who connected the head of a six iron to the shaft of a piece of rock collecting equipment. Shepard then covered the club with a sock so it wouldn't be discovered before launch.
Shepard shanked the first ball but estimated his second shot traveled more than 200 yards. Even though it seemed like a stunt at the time, Shepard admitted there was some science involved. With little atmosphere and much lower gravity, golf balls on the moon should travel much farther than on the earth.
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Shepard eventually donated the club to the USGA Museum in 1974. A replica is in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He eventually retired from the space program and lived in a home overlooking Cypress Point in Pebble Beach, Calif. He died in 1998.

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