CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

GOLF SECTOR 6

What will it be like to do ordinary things on the extraordinary alien worlds of our solar system? For instance, will we still play our favorite games? In 1971, during the Apollo 14 mission, astronaut Alan Shepard hit a few golf balls on Earth's moon, where the gravity is six times weaker than on Earth. But what if you took a swing on Hyperion, where the gravity is 500 times weaker than on Earth? How gently would you have to swing to prevent the ball from going into orbit?

 

GOLF SECTOR 6 is an easy-to-play, Flash-based golf game that lets you tee off on Saturn's moons. It is based on some of our most stunning images returned from the high resolution cameras onboard the Cassini spacecraft that have been processed by CICLOPS and released to the public here on this website. Each of Saturn's moons has its own weak gravity, which should keep things interesting, so be sure to take that into account when you make your swing! Just like golfing on Earth, the goal is to hit the ball into the hole -- or in this case, the crater! -- using the smallest number of swings.
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New Feature!   Advance to any hole within a course using the numerical keys. Watch out, though: This voids your score.
 

·  Play GOLF SECTOR 6! (1000 x 800)
·  Play GOLF SECTOR 6! (800 x 640 ; for smaller screens)


Alliance Member Comments
Jax LaRue (May 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM):
Great fun!
Lapedis01 (Mar 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM):
Out of this world !!!
thespis2717 (May 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM):
Twice, and both times on Enceladus, I hit my golf-ball into an orbit where it came back to hit me - once on the legs and once on the back! After I figured it out, I almost his a hole-in-one!
Judit (May 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM):
OK I figured it out. I'd like to file a complaint! I was aiming away merrily on Hyperion, when all of a sudden (well, quite slowly actually but that doesn't sound dramatic enough) Saturn glided into view, rings ahead, and the beautiful sight distracted me so much that I, jaw dropped, hit the ball so hard that I'm afraid it's gonna break something on New Horizons.

I love the Superman-like way the golfer leaves a moon :)
Judit (May 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM):
No idea what I'm doing, but it's fun! :)
Breitstar (Apr 28, 2012 at 0:51 AM):
I would like to see a gravity rating so I can gauge my shots.
Maybe a running score or little audio's like 'Your friends are laughing at you!'
How about club selection?
Yeah... It's gravitated me into it's web!
WA9JAM (Mar 18, 2012 at 11:35 PM):
HI Cyclops team ! Well we have plenty of sand traps, but no trees, so how about some dust devils, and a meteor or two for hazards ? Or Satellites, rovers or rockets ! !
Keep up the outstanding work and long lasting achievements in all your endeavors
73
terith (Nov 17, 2011 at 5:43 PM):
HTML 5 for iPad?
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Aug 31, 2011 at 7:37 AM):
Bubo: Glad you like our game! We may in fact take some of your suggestions, which are good ones.

Anyone else wanting to leave suggestions, pls do!
Bubo (Aug 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM):
wow, i totally got sucked into this game! i love how simple/bare-bones it is, but how much it makes you think in terms of gravity and elliptical orbits, etc. and especially love getting lost in the pictures of the moons during those long, slow drives around low-gravity moons. :)

i hope you guys keep adding new courses, and maybe a customizable player feature... or possibly a multi-player feature (up to four players at once? that way i could get my whole office around the computer at lunch for a round.

just wanted to shout-out that i scored a PERFECT GAME on the front 9! i was jumping up and down in my office chair! :)

thanks again for a great free game
Bubo (Aug 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM):
lol, nevermind, found it *facepalm*
Bubo (Aug 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM):
how do you view the high-scores? is there a page i'm not seeing? if there's not one, could you guys please add one?

great game btw, very addictive!
Mr Area 51 (Jul 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM):
I saw this game mentioned in Barrons magazine and now I am hooked. I can even play the front 9 in under 20 over par. The leader board says some one completed it in 11 strokes. Wow - whats his secret?
burnhel (Jul 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM):
How do I start the game?
sealion (Jul 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM):
Ok, I went straight to the course and smacked the ball well into the universe. First hole on the front nine, quadruple bogey. Now I will read the directions.
AJLoFranco (Jul 23, 2011 at 6:36 PM):
Still feels like I'm just hacking away at the ball. As usual. So, quite realistic!
Darkheart (Jun 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM):
No run... why? click in Play GOLF SECTOR 6 and no hapend nothing....
Breitstar (Jan 10, 2011 at 9:14 PM):
When's the Saturn Invitational?
Breitstar (Jan 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM):
I love the perfect shot that orbited around and hit me in the head! I laughed so much. Reminds me of my REAL game. So much fun but I still STINK! One more Romulan Ale and I'll try again! I would love the balls view looking down at the moon and a little more real player. Maybe some choices we could customize our player.
TitanExplorer (Oct 17, 2010 at 3:25 PM):
Carol - could it be feaseable to send a mission to Titan carrying four sattellites at once which would be carried by an unmanned vehicle?
Sez (Aug 24, 2010 at 9:45 PM):
A hole in one FTW !!!
TheMonsignor (Aug 7, 2010 at 4:29 AM):
This is a great waste of time, learning about the different moons gravities from a fairly well understood premise of weight and power. I can't wait for the 3d game!
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Jul 24, 2010 at 8:46 AM):
prichardgs: You and a whole lot of other people!
prichardgs (Jul 23, 2010 at 9:08 AM):
I added some more items to Saturn's orbit. Fun application of physics.
philby63 (Jun 19, 2010 at 3:24 AM):
Who knew gravity could be so much fun? Reminds me of the old Commodore 64 game Artillery Duel.
Craig (Jun 16, 2010 at 9:42 AM):
Fun!
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Jun 15, 2010 at 1:37 PM):
Alliance members: Hey...how are you liking our Golf game?! Let us know what you most enjoy about it, and any ideas you have for further improvements. If your ideas are too sophisticated, we likely won't be able to add them for lack of funds. (This is all personally financed!) But...who knows...some of them might be not too difficult and therefore possible. Enjoy!

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