The Winter Olympics on Enceladus

David McDonagh


The viability of Enceladus as a future location for The Winter Olympic Games is considered, using the large hill ski jumping event of the Sochi 2014 slope as a case study. Different conditions are found to significantly increase descent and air time, while the lack of a significant atmosphere could lead to interesting developments in the sport.


Sports; Physics; Mechanics; Enceladus; Solar System

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