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Old 08-11-2016, 06:07 PM
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One thing the astronauts discovered on the moon was that while things like jumping up were pretty straightforward (you just end up jumping about 6 times as high, as was already mentioned), other things weren't so straightforward. Walking, running, and other motions rely on a certain amount of friction between you and the surface you are on, and the moon's reduced gravity reduces the friction as well. So if you try to run, all you end up doing is slipping your feet. As a result, the astronauts found that the easiest way to move across the lunar surface was to bunny hop.

If they tried to do a normal 100 yard dash on the moon, it would end up as a rather comical event of athletes cartoonishly running with their feet slipping on the surface while barely moving forward. A lot of other typical earth-based sports would be similarly affected.