Pole vaulting on Jupiter

Jurate Gulbinas   |   6 Feb 2017   |   2 min read

Even an Olympic athlete is going to do poorly on Jupiter. The gravity is two and half times greater, which means you’re just not going to jump very well. On the other hand, our moon gives you a huge advantage… You weigh less than 30 pounds. It’s a mistake to judge your effort or your form in either setting. It’s not, “I jumped poorly on Jupiter and because of my poor form, I only went three feet.” Instead, it’s more like, “I jumped on Jupiter and I went three feet.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Even an Olympic athlete is going to do poorly on Jupiter. The gravity is two and half times greater, which means you’re just not going to jump very well.
  • It’s a mistake to judge your effort or your form in either setting. It’s not, “I jumped poorly on Jupiter and because of my poor form, I only went three feet.” Instead, it’s more like, “I jumped on Jupiter and I went three feet.”
  • Best idea: Don’t pole vault on Jupiter. Do it on the moon if you need a good score. Second best idea: If you’re stuck on Jupiter, give yourself some slack instead of crawling away in shame.

“Even an Olympic athlete is going to do poorly on Jupiter. The gravity is two and half times greater, which means you’re just not going to jump very well.”

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