VIDEO: Alan Shepard playing moon golf on Apollo 14 mission
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VIDEO: Alan Shepard playing moon golf on Apollo 14 mission

On this day 44 years ago, Alan Shepard played golf on the moon.

As part of the Apollo 14 mission, Shepard hit a pair of golf balls on the surface of the moon on Feb. 6, 1971. Shepard fashioned a golf club using a Wilson 6-iron head and a piece of rock-collecting equipment, smuggling it on board covered with a sock.

Following a walk on the lunar surface, Shepard brought out the makeshift club, shanking the first shot and hitting his second a self-estimated 200 yards. With gravity on the moon one-sixth that found on Earth and a total lack of an atmosphere, the ball wouldn't have gone that far here at home.

Shepard, who was the first AmericanĀ in space, died in 1998.


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