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If you kick a football in space will it stop?

If you kick a football in space will it stop?
Quinn Hoban from Stockton on Tees (Aged 5-14)

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  1. It depends where you kick it. If you kicked it away from the shuttle or the International Space Station, it will fall back to earth and burn up due to gravity. A similar thing happened on November 23rd 2006 when a Russian cosmonaut hit a 3 gram plastic golf ball into space using a gold plated golf club. It is thought it circles the earth for a couple of days before burning up. Alan Shepard hit two golf balls on the moon in 1971.

    If you kicked your ball away from any planet or moon in deep space, then it will carry on moving for ever or until it was caught by the gravity of a distant star or planet or moon. If ET exists, it will give him something to think about!

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