Golf on Saturn's moons
July 11, 2011 1:27 PM   Subscribe

Fun. I'm not doing too badly just going on instinct rather than plotting it out or whatever.

And thanks for giving me something to pass along to my NASA-fan tweeps.
posted by NorthernLite at 1:58 PM on July 11, 2011

Stellar, though maddeningly difficult!

I hereby posit that in the absence of a viable shuttle program, the next wave of interstellar pioneers will be thrill (read:golf)-seeking executives and their caddies/"astrauffers" (word mine).
posted by obscurator at 2:01 PM on July 11, 2011

Yet again let down by my short game.
posted by Keith Talent at 2:04 PM on July 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

A good orbit spoiled.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 2:19 PM on July 11, 2011 [2 favorites]

Take shot.
Wait 3 minutes.
Land right next to the hole.
Take 4 more shots to get it in. giggity
posted by zephyr_words at 2:22 PM on July 11, 2011

The acceleration due to gravity for each moon is calculated using Newton's gravity formula and assuming that each moon is spherical, which is obviously not the case for irregularly shaped bodies like Phoebe and Hyperion.


Okay, just kidding. Getting the gravity right for irregular bodies would be incredibly hard, but still, the first thing I wanted to do was go straight to Hyperion and whack the bejeezus out of the ball to see what kind of crazy nonkeplerian orbits I could get.

Nonetheless, what a neat project!

The water [vapor] hazard on Enceladus is a riot!
posted by BrashTech at 3:09 PM on July 11, 2011

great golf game
posted by pyramid termite at 4:02 PM on July 11, 2011

Love it. Make this for Wii now, please.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:43 PM on July 11, 2011

The hardest part is the images that don't line up with the physics.
posted by DU at 6:34 PM on July 11, 2011

Everytime I finished a level and my guy flew off I thought "I have to leave now, my planet needs me."

Come on, I know I'm not the only one...
posted by meandthebean at 9:32 PM on July 11, 2011

Dude just leaves the ball in the hole, doesn't even pick it up. Come on man, you might need that the next time you launch one past escape velocity.
posted by antifuse at 5:56 AM on July 12, 2011

Also: birdie on Telesto, go me! After a 10 minute first shot that I was sure had launched out of orbit.
posted by antifuse at 5:59 AM on July 12, 2011

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