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I am curious to know if an astronaut on the Moon ever fell backwards and landed on his back. I have seen many photographs and videos of astronauts who accidentally tripped or lost their balance and fell forward coming down on their hands and knees, but I have never seen a photograph or a video of an astronaut who had been walking backwards and then accidentally tripped or lost his balance and landed on his back.

This makes me wonder if NASA had designed the spacesuit for the Apollo missions so that if the astronaut were to ever lose his balance, the center of gravity of both the astronaut and the spacesuit would always result in the astronaut falling forwards.

Did an astronaut on the Moon ever fall on his back?

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On Apollo 16 Charlie Duke jumped up and fell on his backpack.

Duke said he rolled right to break his fall but still bounced onto his backpack, also called a portable life-support system, or PLSS.

https://www.businessinsider.com/apollo-astronaut-charles-duke-moon-jump-video-2019-6?amp

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    $\begingroup$ thanks for providing that link. I don't recall ever seeing that video before. It answers my question as to if any astronaut has ever fallen backwards. $\endgroup$ – user35148 Nov 26 '20 at 23:37
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Although, I can't find the source anymore, one time one astronaut almost fell on his back. NASA later stated, that this can be dangerous, because it could unplug some wires and hoses. That's all I know, If I find the source I will link it here.

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    $\begingroup$ How interesting. I hope you can find the link to that source because I would like to read about it. $\endgroup$ – user35148 Nov 26 '20 at 20:29
  • $\begingroup$ There's an answer with such an event mentioned. If you don't have something different to add here, it's probably better to click "delete" otherwise this can attract more down votes. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Mar 13 at 0:28

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