Scientific method employed on the moon

January 23, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

Before Galileo, and ever since Aristotle, many people believed that heavier objects fell faster than lighter objects. That might be true where air impedes light objects, such as feathers, but many people believed that even in the absence of air heavier objects always fell faster, and it was commonly assumed that, heavier cannonballs fall faster than light cannonballs, even in the absence of any scientific data. The beauty of the scientific method comes front and center in this simple experiment conducted on the surface of the moon by Apollo 15 astronaut Dave Scott.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Dave Jenkins says:

    Just to be clear, Air "impedes" all objects based on their relative profile and aerodynamics. Gravity pulls on all objects of equal mass the same. A feather falls more slowly because of two reasons:

    1. it's wide flat profile relative to mass incurs more wind resistance compared to a round cannonball

    2. it has less mass

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