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FlyNavyDan
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posted 01-07-2007 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyNavyDan   Click Here to Email FlyNavyDan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What ever happened to Shepard's makeshift golf club that he used on Apollo 14? Did he take that home as a souvenir or is it still on the moon?

If I were him I would have taken it home! This has always bugged me so if someone knows the answer I'd greatly appreciate it.

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posted 01-07-2007 07:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shepard did bring the club back with him to Earth but it remained the property of the U.S. government (with the exception of the "genuine six iron" head, the club was assembled from the handle of the contingency sample collection device).

On March 22, 1973, Shepard requested permission to transfer the club to the U.S. Golf Association's museum in New Jersey:

His request was approved and the club remains on display in Far Hills, NJ to this day (though the Golf House is currently closed as it undergoes renovations).

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posted 01-07-2007 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyNavyDan   Click Here to Email FlyNavyDan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow awesome! Thanks for the fast reply. Now I know the answer.

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posted 01-07-2007 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobbyA   Click Here to Email BobbyA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I swear I saw it at the National Air and Space Museum in the Apollo to the Moon exhibit. I must have been mistaken.

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posted 01-07-2007 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyNavyDan   Click Here to Email FlyNavyDan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've seen that too but I'm positive it said it was a reproduction. But it didn't say anything about the real one so I've always been stumped till today.

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posted 01-07-2007 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You weren't mistaken, you were just looking at a replica. From the National Air and Space Museum's website:
Lunar golf club made by golf professional Jack Harden. Replica of golf club head, gift of Alan B. Shepard Jr.

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