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I’ll Shoot the Moon Right Outta the Sky for You, Babe

May 5, 2009

48 years ago today, Alan Shepard travelled to space courtesy of Wernher von Braun (a man whose name would have fit right in on this list). The Freedom 7 mission, a part of Project Mercury, was the first spaceflight in the world (well, not in the world) that afforded its pilot some manual control of the spacecraft.

In 1971, Shepard commanded the Apollo 14 mission to the moon. Unbeknownst to NASA mucky-mucks, Shepard smuggled a 6-iron to the moon and took a few swings. He made pretty good contact on the third swing, telling Houston the ball went “miles and miles and miles.”
Unfortunately, he couldn’t hit it closer than about 250,000 miles from the nearest cup.

I know you’re complicit in genocide, Wernher, but I have feelings too.

As you can see, the sporting goods came to rest by Morrison Hill.
(Click to enlarge)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    May 5, 2009 3:26 pm

    You think his tee shot from the Moon is still traveling in outer space?


    PS, I bet Wernher von Braun salts his pizza!

  2. David permalink
    May 5, 2009 3:31 pm

    I meant Alan Shepard. Ooops. My b.

  3. Barry permalink
    May 5, 2009 3:35 pm

    Sorry, pal. There was no tee. I don’t think he could have set one up even if he had one. Space suits are not flexible. Despite Shepard’s bragging, the ball actually landed in a nearby crater, right by a javelin thrown by Ed Mitchell. I will post a picture in the body of this entry.

    Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun does not salt much of anything these days. Unless by “salts”, you meant “decomposes”.

  4. Barry permalink
    May 5, 2009 4:01 pm

    Shepard and Braun are both salting god’s pizza in heaven.

  5. David permalink
    May 5, 2009 4:40 pm

    You just settled the debate! God salts his pizza. You said it. The all good, all knowing, all powerful supreme likes to salt up his supreme pizza pie.

    Check and mate.

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