Golf On The Moon Video Restored
At the beginning of my government and history classes, I like to show the CNN 10 news program. It is likely the only non-social media news my high school students get, and there’s nearly always something in the show that I can relate to something we are studying. Current events is a good way to make academic information relevant.
On the December 5 program, there was a segment on NASA technicians who have spent some 10,000 hours restoring video from the trips to the moon — including the famous golf shot.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, on the Apollo 14 moon mission in 1971, Commander Alan Shephard took the opportunity to hit a golf ball while walking on the moon. He smuggled the balls and a makeshift club on board without NASA’s permission.
Although at the time, it was thought he had hit the ball 200 or more yards, it turns out that one ball went 24 yards, and the other, 40.
It’s worth a watch. The golf part starts at the 5:10 mark.