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4.2.2 Weighing objects on the Moon

Figure 7 The hammer and feather experiment from the Apollo 15 mission.

Because the force of gravity experienced at the Moon’s surface is around one sixth of the surface of the Earth, try to work out how much the following items would weigh on the Moon.

  • A Yourself
  • B A bag of flour (typically 1.5 kg)
  • C The largest Moon rock returned to Earth (11.7 kg)
  • D The spacesuit worn on the first Apollo missions (96.2 kg)

This calculator [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] will convert the weight of any object on Earth to its weight on the Moon – use this to check your answer.


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