Extreme Sports in Low Gravity Environments

It goes without saying that humans love to watch the X-games on TV – those extreme sport athletes on skateboards, bungees, motorcycles, parachutes, stunt planes, and what not. Often we see these dare devils as Red Bull addicted thrill seekers with a death wish, who knows maybe some are. Yes, they are adrenaline junkies if there ever was such a thing. Of course, all these extreme sports are done here on Earth, but in the future, extreme sports will follow humankind as he boldly goes to other worlds as well.

Science fiction writer Ben Bova once described sporting events that might be played on an asteroid, and even Carl Sagan made some comments about extreme sports being played on asteroids. Consider if you will a human attached to a giant bungee cord running across a spinning asteroid and jumping as far and as hard as he could to escape it’s small Gravity Dwell (escape velocity), and then floating in space behind the asteroid until the bungee cord stretched out and pulled him back?

But extreme sports on asteroids are not the only types of extreme sports which will be conquered in the future. On Mars there are very deep canyons, and I can imagine people running and jumping off the side of those canyons with some sort of device to slow down their fall. One of the canyons on Mars is so deep it goes for nearly 20 miles. We don’t have any canyons on Earth that are that deep, not even close. So you can imagine what an extremist sporting event that would be – the ultimate B.A.S.E. jump indeed.

The moon also has holes on it, and giant tubes created by lava hundreds of millions of years ago. Surely humans will wish to do a little rock climbing, bungee jumping, and other extreme endeavors there. Further, there will be orbiting space hotels and colonies as well, and in zero gravity there are all kinds of fun things humans can do in the way of sports. And as you know humans will always find a way to entertain themselves, so you can bet they will try.

Now then, I imagine that’s humans will videotape all their adventures, and place these videos on their Facebook pages, and allow people to download their expeditions, and extreme jumps into Virtual Reality Holographic living room gaming devices. This way people at home will be able to enjoy the exact same experience here on Earth that other humans are enjoying on the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and orbiting space stations. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.