I”ve seen the footage of Neil Armstrong playing golf on the moon. Given the massive costs of taking equipment into space, how did NASA justify such a frivolous use of money in sending a golfclub and ball up with the astronauts.


The video of Neil Armstrong playing golf on the moon is something I’ve seen before. How could NASA justify such a frivolous use of money in sending a golf club and ball into orbit with the astronauts, given the enormous costs associated with transporting equipment into space?

Peterborough, Maru, United Kingdom

  • It was permitted for each Apollo astronaut to bring along a small backpack containing personal items or mementos of their time in space. The primary reason for this was so that items like family photos could be uploaded. On the other hand, the astronaut who played golf (I don’t think it was Armstrong; I think it was a later flight) took the head of a golf club and screwed it into an arm that was used for rock collecting to construct his own club. This was done so that he could play golf in space. Therefore, the weight was not more than a few grams. In a related story, another astronaut sparked a controversy when he tried to sell franked envelopes that he had prepared on the moon by picking up envelopes, franking them, and then returning to Earth with them.Keith Mason from London, United Kingdom
  • Neil Armstrong was not the one responsible; rather, it was one of the other people. In addition to that, he smuggled the golf equipment onto the ship, and nobody else was aware of it. When he got back, I’m pretty sure someone yelled at him.Pete, Balham London
  • The financing for NASA comes from the government. The backing of the people is necessary for government funding. Imagine how much less engaged the general public would be in space travel if it made wonderful theoretical and pure scientific achievements, but never created a single humorous occurrence that Joe Voter could connect to. Imagine how much less interested the public would be.Michael Fisher, from Brisbane, in the country of Australia
  • It wasn’t Neil Armstrong who was the first person to play golf on the moon; it was Alan Shepard of Apollo 14. The “club” that he used was actually an extension handle for a contingency sample with a no. 6 iron head attached to it. Every astronaut was given a specific amount of weight that may be used for their own belongings. Shepard was able to take the club head as well as the three golf balls by using his. It is likely that NASA believed that it would make for an interesting human interest narrative that would do well when reported on by the media. It should come as no surprise that the clip was really taken in a bunker on Shepard’s home course of golf. It is common knowledge that the moon landings were staged, isn’t it?Scotland’s Danny Farquhar, who hails from Thurso.
  • First things first, it wasn’t Neil Armstrong; it was Alan Shepard, and he hid the club within his clothing in order to bring it on board.Colin, Vancouver Canada
  • It was actually Alan Shepard who played golf on the moon, and not Neil Armstrong. Despite how trivial it may appear now, the game had significant ramifications for the safety of the nation. Shepard’s equipment was hurried to the moon to fill the Golf Gap after NASA learnt that the Soviets were creating a set of all-gravity clubs. Shepard was the first person to play golf in space.Arlington, Texas resident Tim Morris
  • Although the landings may have caught the imagination of people all around the world, their contribution to scientific knowledge was minimal. In point of fact, the entire ordeal was a waste of time; it could have been completed much more efficiently, not to mention more affordably, if robots had been used to take photographs and collect samples. In light of these considerations, golf is the most appropriate choice when it comes to demonstrating an American sport on the moon. Just try to picture all of the different moving parts that go into organizing a baseball game.The address of Terence Hollingworth in Blagnac, France is:
  • They never even attempted to travel to the moon…Ian Cognito, Area 52
  • Simple question: Out of all of Neil Armstrong’s tests, which one stands out in your mind the most?Lee, Leeds UK
  • But didn’t all of that take place in New Mexico?Richard Handley, from Mansfield, in the United Kingdom
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was well aware that its ability to secure future funding would be contingent on the level of public interest; as a result, publicity stunts like these were developed to increase watching figures. Another similar trick was to drop a feather and a hammer from the same height and watch them hit the ground at the same time. This happened because there was no air resistance to impede the feather’s descent, thus it hit the ground at the same moment as the hammer.Tim Waterfield, from Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Actually, Alan Sheppard, who was the commander of the Apollo 14 Mission that took place in January and February of 1971, was the one who brought two golf balls and a foldable club to the moon. It’s possible that this was an attempt to reinvigorate some form of interest in the space program, given the public’s seeming disinterest in the space program up until the problems with Apollo 13, which occurred.Ray Parnell, representing the Lincoln Lincs.
  • Alan Shepard, commander of Apollo 14, is credited with becoming the first person to play golf on the moon. Because he was such a dedicated amateur, the 6-iron that he used is now enshrined in the hall of fame of the United States Golf Association. After the disaster that occurred with Apollo 13, NASA must have been more than pleased to let a few grams of “extras” to enhance crew morale and to attempt to keep the public’s quickly dwindling enthusiasm in space exploration high.Ian Brown from Woking, in the United Kingdom
  • If the claims that Neil Armstrong never went to the moon but instead went to a TV studio are true, then the costs of outfitting him with golfing equipment will almost certainly have been of a minimal amount. Which would be a worse violation of the public trust, spending taxpayer money to build a golf course on the moon or intentionally misleading the public about what happened with Apollo?Steffen, Aachen Germany
  • On the moon, “golf” wasn’t “played” by Neil Armstrong; it was someone else. Someone who participated in a later Apollo mission is the one who hit a ball further than anyone else on our planet. The purpose of this was to illustrate how significantly the Moon’s gravity differs from that of Earth. Given the extremely low mass and extremely little amount of linear and spherical space required, the cost of sending a golf club and ball into space was negligible at best. When it comes to public relations, the justification is there. In order to maintain the interest of the general public in its operations, NASA makes an effort to humanize them. A population that is uninterested in NASA will lead to its demise. When we talk about “Massive Costs,” it is true that the space program has significant expenses; however, the question is: where does the money go? It is used, in a significant part, to pay the salaries of a vast number of people, including those who work as painters and riggers, as security guards and secretaries, as computer programmers and window cleaners, as CEOs and as people who clean toilets. The money that NASA has is not invested in high-interest accounts; rather, it is spent.Tenerife, Spain resident Hedley McConnell
  • I remember reading that one of the astronauts on Apollo 11 managed to get a golf club and ball onboard the spacecraft, and that the golf club had been altered in some way. It’s possible that I’m wrong, but I believe that Edwin Aldrin was the one who said it.David Francisco, Singapore
  • Alan Shepard, not Neil Armstrong, was the one who played golf on the moon. Neil Armstrong was just a spectator. He collected rocks with a golf club that had its head linked to a rock collector. Both the club head and the golf balls would have had a negligible amount of weight. Because of the amount of public interest that it garnered, it was probably worth it.Tim, London UK
  • You have not seen any footage similar to it. It’s possible that you saw Alan Shepard, who was the captain of Apollo 14 at the time. After attaching the head of a six iron to a sample return handle, he tried three times to hit a ball a few tens of meters with a one handed swing. The entire weight of the items he used was probably less than the weight of one meal. You are responsible for providing an answer to your own query regarding the reason why NASA would permit such a thing. You still remember (kind of) something about the Apollo 14 mission, even though it has been almost exactly thirty one years since it took place (at the time this article was written). I dare anyone to remember anything significant about Apollo 16 and accept the challenge.The Shrewsbury resident, Simon Blake
  • Al Shepard, not Neil Armstrong, was the one who walked on the moon during the Apollo 14 mission. In addition to that, he did not make use of a golf club but rather a moon dust scoop. Despite this, it was an actual golf ball. When an astronaut was sent on a journey to the moon, they were only permitted a very modest weight allowance for their personal belongings. Al bought a golf ball with the money that he was given.John Royle, from Beverley, United Kingdom
  • As far as I can recollect, the golf enthusiast Armstrong pulled a practical joke by sneaking the equipment onto the ship. However, I believe that it’s possible that NASA recommended the prank to him as a stunt to make the astronauts look more like fun-loving, all-American men. This is something that NASA is trying to accomplish.The UK’s Carla Crewe
  • Pretty trivial question! However, the truth is that each astronaut is permitted to select two or three little objects that they can keep for themselves.Niall Macaulay, from Glasgow, in the country of Scotland
  • In order to determine whether or not a feather and a hammer would fall at the same rate in a vacuum, one of the other astronauts, most likely Mr. Armstrong, brought both of them along.Pete Nightingale from Reading, United Kingdom.
  • I suppose that it wasn’t an issue to bring a golf club along because the whole thing was shot in a Hollywood studio, so that answers my question.Roddy Black, Shanghai China
  • There is not a complete absence of matter in space; rather, there is a significant amount of it. Planets, for example.

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