See How Far You Could Jump, and How Strong You’d Be On The Surface of Venus

Written by Jeremiah Wright
Published: September 17, 2022
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Don’t you wish you could jump further? On Earth, the average person can jump about 7 ft 5 inches far. As such, jumping is not a viable means of transportation, like in the case of kangaroos or frogs. But what if we lived on the surface of other planets?

As you probably know, gravity is the force that influences how high and how far you can jump. It influences your strength as well (it affects object weight, after all). You might also know that gravity is different on every other planet and satellite in our Solar System. On Earth, you experience normal gravity, which is 1g of force – or acceleration of 32.2 ft/sec2.

Let’s assume you were on Venus. Leaving aside its scorching hot surface, how far could you jump there? If this is a question that you want to know the answer to, you’re in the right place!

What factors influence the distance of a long jump?

The distance of a long jump is influenced by gravity, the speed at take-off, the angle at take-off, and the height at take-off.

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The distance of a long jump is influenced by gravity, the speed at take-off, the angle at take-off, and the height at take-off. By far, the most important factor is the speed at take-off, better known among researchers as approach velocity. It is influenced by the speed of the jumper prior to the jump and right before the moment they jump.

Most of the mentioned factors are constant. If we take as an example professional runners, their speed, angle, and height at take-off will be very similar, regardless of location. Gravity is also a constant factor – it doesn’t change, regardless of the location on Earth. 

However, other planets’ gravity is different. Earth experiences what is called normal gravity. This is why you can jump about 6 ft 6 in – 7 ft 5 in far and not more. It is also the reason why there’s a limit to how much you can lift, for example. Let’s take a closer look at how things could work on Venus!

What is the exact gravity on Venus?

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The exact gravity on the surface of Venus is 29.10 ft/s

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– or 0.904 g.

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The exact gravity on the surface of Venus is 29.10 ft/s2 – or 0.904 g. It is about 90% the gravity of Earth – or 10% weaker. A 10 lbs object on Earth would weigh about 9 lbs on Venus. This value influences the weight of objects (not their mass), your ability to jump, as well as your overall strength.

Venus is one of the planets with a slightly weaker gravity than Earth. On its surface, you’d experience only about 90% of the gravity that pulls you back after jumping. In theory, this means that you’d be in the air for an additional 10% after jumping. Naturally, additional airborne time implies a longer jump distance.

For comparison purposes, the gravity on the Moon is 5.31 ft/s2 – or 0.166 g. It is about 16% the gravity of Earth – or 84% weaker. You can refer to the famous moon walking videos to get an idea and a starting point for the matters in question here.

How far and high could you jump on the surface of Venus?

In theory, you could jump 97.9 inches far on the surface of Venus.

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In theory, on Venus, you could jump approximately 1.80 ft high from a standing position and spend 0.70 seconds in the air. On Earth, you can jump about 1.64 ft high and spend 0.63 seconds airborne. This means that, on Venus, you can jump about 1.1 times as high and far away.

Venus is almost as big as our planet. This is one of the reasons why the gravitational force of this planet is similar to the one of Earth. On its surface, running, jumping, and lifting objects is only 10% easier.

In theory, according to the data presented here, you could jump 97.9 inches far on the surface of Venus – 110% of an approximate average 7 ft 5 in (89 inches) jump on Earth. On our planet, this would make you a very good jumper.

How far and high could you jump on the surface of every planet in our Solar System?

Here is how far and how high you could jump on the surface of every planet in our Solar System:

Jump height (approx.)Jump distance (approx.)
Earth1.64 feet89 inches
Mercury4.33 feet234 inches
Venus1.80 feet97.9 inches
Mars4.33 feet234 inches
Jupiter0.62 feet34.7 inches
Saturn1.54 feet82.77 inches
Uranus1.80 feet97.9 inches
Neptune1.41 feet77.43 inches
Pluto24.34 feet1,406.2 inches

How strong would you be on the surface of Venus?

In theory, you’d be 1.1 times as strong on the surface of Venus. On the planet’s surface, 10 lbs feel like 9 lbs. The greatest weight ever lifted, 6,270 lbs, would weigh about 5,668 lbs on Venus.

As a professional weightlifter, you could add about 10% of the total maximum weight you can lift. At the same time, you might have an easier time building up speed for a distance jump. The more speed you have, the farther you can jump. This is the main reason why it is difficult to determine the exact distance you could jump on other planets.

What planet could you jump the farthest and be the strongest on?

You’d have no issue jumping very high or lifting heavy objects on Pluto’s surface. It has a gravity of only 0.063 g – this means that a 100 lb object weighs only 6 lbs on Pluto. At the same time, after jumping, you’d spend about 10 seconds in the air before returning to the ground.

Here’s Venus compared to other planets!

PlanetVolumeMassSurface GravityEscape velocityAverage surface temperature
Venus0.857 Earths0.815 Earths0.904 g6.44 mi/s847 °F
Mars0.151 Earths0.107 Earths0.3794 g3.12 mi/s-81 °F
Uranus63.086 Earths14.536 Earths0.886 g13.24 mi/s-353 °F
Neptune57.74 Earths17.147 Earths1.14 g14.6 mi/s-373 °F
Jupiter1.321 Earths317.8 Earths2.528 g37.0 mi/s-238 °F
Saturn763.59 Earths95.159 Earths1.065 g22 mi/s-285 °F
Pluto0.00651 Earths0.00218 Earths0.063 g0.75 mi/s-375 °F
Mercury0.056 Earths0.055 Earths0.38 g2.64 mi/s354 °F
Earth2.59876×1011 cu mi1.31668×1025 lb1 g6.95 mi/s57 °F

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  1. Cosmos, Available here: https://cosmos-book.github.io/high-jump/index.html
  2. ScienceDirect, Available here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705813011260?ref=pdf_download&fr=RR-2&rr=74b257a1bca41845