When you’re on the moon, is it better to hop, skip, or run?

Inspired by movies like the one below from the Apollo 17 moon mission, scientists in the 1980s spent a fair amount of time figuring out the best way to navigate low-gravity terrain. They compared hopping, skipping, walking, and running on treadmills in earth gravity to the same activities at low gravity. Based on oxygen consumption, it turns out this giddy astronaut is right: if you’re on the moon, hopping is the way to go!

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