Written by: on April 9, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Ever imagined what it would be like to walk across the Moon’s surface? Only 12 humans have ever walked on the surface of the moon! While we can’t travel to the moon, we can imagine what a visit would be like! The moon has no atmosphere, no air, and 83% less gravity than on planet earth!

Although the 2020 Summer Olympics have been postponed in attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19, you can host your own Olympic event at your home! Imagine we were hosting the Olympics on the surface of the moon; how would that effect our athletes? Being that the gravitational pull on the moon is 1/6th that on Earth, you’d be able to jump much higher and further! We would all be track stars and gymnasts by earth’s standards!

The long jump record on Earth is held by Mike Powell, traveling 29 feet and 4.25 inches in 1991! If Mike had attempted his record-breaking jump on the surface of the moon, he would have jumped 176 feet! That would be like jumping the distance of 12 cars back-to-back!

Astronauts must be extremely careful while walking on the surface of the moon as the adjust to low gravity. Astronauts take small little hops as they move across the surface, and often fall due to the body’s inertia being overpowered by the lack of gravity! The moon’s dusty, rocky surface has an impact on a moon walk, making it hard to gain good traction!

Participate in the Lunar Olympics today! See all the Olympian rules at:

https://sciencemadefun.net/downloads/lunar_olympics.pdf

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