What was the first sport played on the moon?
Alan Shepard was the 5th man to walk on the surface of Earth's natural satellite. But he also became a pioneer of sport on the moon!
On the 6th of February, 1971 he swung a makeshift 6-iron on the moon's surface — and missed the ball. His second swing, however, connected, and the golf ball went flying "miles and miles and miles," as Shepard put it after his swing. Even though it seemed like a stunt at the time, Shepard admitted there was some science involved. With little atmosphere and much lower gravity, golf balls on the moon should travel much farther than on the earth.
Golf is considered the tenth most popular sport on Earth. About 400 million people adore golf and play it regularly. Modern golf originated in the 15th century and survived through the course of history to become the first sport ever played on the other celestial body!