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As of late 2017, the surface of the moon has over 100 man-made items left there by astronauts, including but not limited to boots, bags of urine/****/vomit, American flags, various hammers, used wet wipes, personal hygiene kits, empty packages of space food and even a falcon feather.
While it’s fairly obvious why most of these items were brought to the moon, the feather does admittedly seem a tad out of place. Yet it too had a valid purpose.
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At the end of the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Cmdr. David Scott “performed a live demonstration for the television cameras” in which he “held out a geologic hammer and a feather and dropped them at the same time” and from the same height, according to NASA.
The goal was to test ancient astronomer Galileo Galilei’s theory that all bodies fall at the same speed in a vacuum. Watch what happened in the footage below:
Hammer - Feather - Ground
Both the hammer and the feather tumbled to the ground at the...
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