In watching Long Jump Runway was amazing the amount of agility shown in the track and field events. These humans were more like superheroes than anything else. It was simply amazing to watch the long jumpers going more than 25 feet, and triple jumpers go 50+ feet. Naturally, before the Olympic Games had concluded NASA pulled off an Olympic level feat of their own landing a rover on Mars, which weighed more than the typical SUV, using a strategy that looked as a little something that even Arthur C Clarke couldn’t have come up with. Okay so why don’t we talk about all this for second shall we?
It is apparent that in the next couple of decades we’re going to have a colony on Mars, and it probably will be some sort of international effort. There will also be a space station on the moon perhaps Chinese, American, or even another nation or combination of nations in the space race. Private spaceflight will be offering trips to various other worlds. So now then, let me ask you a question; what happens when the space colonists also decide to compete in the Olympics?
What flag might they compete under in case they live in an off world colony made up of individuals from many nations? Will they compete under the Martian or even Lunar flag, will they compete under the American Space Federation flag, or will they compete under their home country’s flag? We just don’t know yet, but rest assured they are going to want to compete.
Interestingly enough, there was an intriguing piece in Wired Magazine recently titled; “Olympic Physics: Air Density and Bob Beamon’s Crazy-Awesome Long Jump,” by Rhett Allain on August 4, 2012. We obviously know if long jumpers and triple jumpers are competing with one-third or perhaps 1/5 the gravity that they are going to be able to set world records, or even kind of solar system records, of course all those new records will be all relative.
Still, there is another component here. It won’t just be the real difference in gravity, but the difference in air pressure, nothing to slow them down on their run up, and little gravity to pull them back down into the sand pit.
When they come to Earth they will not be able to go nearly as far, but perhaps they will have better form to compensate for it. It may be that earthlings are able to go to the space colonies and improved their records due to the real difference in atmospheric pressure and gravity dwell. Certainly, it is a fascinating thought, so I thought I would share that with you. Please consider all this and think on it.