[FPSPACE] One tiny slice for mankind
ljk4 at msn.com
Thu Nov 23 18:33:55 EST 2006
Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin hit a golf ball from the porch of the International
Space Station (ISS) early on Thursday, making it the longest golf shot in
history. However, the commercial stunt did not go completely as planned.
Tyurin hit the 3-gram ball with his gold-plated six-iron club at 0057 GMT
(1957 EST Wednesday). But the ball did not follow its intended path. Tyurin
was supposed to tap it one-handed into a "retrograde" orbit in other words
backwards relative to the space stations direction of travel. That would
ensure the ball would burn up quickly in the atmosphere and not hit the ISS
or other spacecraft.
Instead, Tyurin shanked the ball, hitting it off the right side of the
station's Zvezda service module (watch the NASA video). "All right, there it
goes, and it went pretty far," Tyurin said after the ball flew away. "I can
still see it as a little dot that's moving away from us."
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