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.
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