On February 6, 1971 Alan Shepard became the first and only person to ever golf on the moon. To pull off the feat, Shepard used a modified six iron with the club head affixed to the handle of a ‘contingency sample return device’.
Shepard duffed the first ball, but estimates his second shot travelled more than 200 yards. You can watch the historic moment in the embedded video below.
After returning to Earth Shepard donated the club to the USGA Museum in 1974. A replica can also be found at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
On May 5, 1961 Shepard became the second person to ever travel into space and the first American to achieve the feat. He was bested by 23 days by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
Shepard would go on to become Commander of the Apollo 14 mission where he became the 5th person to ever set foot on the lunar surface and of course the first and only person to play golf on the Moon. Shepard, along with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, spent a total of 33.5 hours on the Moon.
Guy Finds Cliff from the Clif Bar
Reddit user AnGabhaDubhon just shared this random photo of what looks to be the cliff from the popular Clif Bar packaging.
According to another commentor, this looks to be the Superstition Mountains outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Although I have no idea if this is the actual cliff (or if this is some kind of sneaky marketing campaign by Clif) I love how the sky and mountain range in the background match perfectly.
Coolest. Field. Ever.
Located in Henningsvær in Norway’s Lofoten Islands might is one of the coolest locations for a football field ever. The photo was taken by Misha De-Stroyev in June 2017. To get the shot, Misha flew his drone and captured this pic from a height of 120 meters (394 ft). The photo was most recently awarded 3rd place in the ‘Cities’ category in the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest.
For those interested, the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest launched today and is currently open for submissions at natgeo.com/travelphotocontest.
This year’s grand-prize winner will be awarded $10,000 (USD), have his or her photo posted on the @NatGeoTravel Instagram account, as well as earn the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Photographers can submit photos until May 31, 2018 at 12 pm EST.
The Stadium Built on the Equator, Where Each Team Defends a Hemisphere
In the northern city of Macapá, Brazil you will find Zerão, a famous football field known in English as, ‘the Big Zero’. Opened in 1990, the stadium was designed so the midfield line fell exactly on the Equator, meaning each half lies on a different hemisphere.
Although its official name is Estádio Milton de Souza Corrêa, everyone calls it Zerão. According to CN Traveler:
Macapá is perhaps the most remote of Brazil’s 26 state capitals. Located between a vast rainforest and the banks of the Amazon River, it’s actually separated by the sprawling Amazon delta from the rest of the nation. There is no highway connecting Macapá, a city of some half a million people, to any other state of Brazil.
Nearby is another of the city’s foremost attractions, the Marco Zero monument, a 100-foot-tall concrete sundial that marks the imaginary line that separates the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere. There’s even a circular hole through the top of the sundial, so when the sun sets on the spring and fall equinoxes, a sun-shaped orb moves due east down the avenue, tracing the Equator. [source]