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US flags still on the moon, except one

2012-07-31 10:06

Washington - A series of American flags that were planted on the moon during visits by Apollo astronauts about four decades ago are still standing, except for one, a Nasa scientist has said.

The missing flag was the one planted by the pioneering astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 when the first humans - Americans Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong - stepped foot on the moon.

The details are contained in an online article by principal investigator Mark Robinson who analysed data from Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC).

"From the LROC images it is now certain that the American flags are still standing and casting shadows at all of the sites, except Apollo 11," he wrote.

"Astronaut Buzz Aldrin reported that the flag was blown over by the exhaust from the ascent engine during liftoff of Apollo 11, and it looks like he was correct!"

Apollo missions ran from 1969 to 1972, shuttling American astronauts to the surface of the moon. Six flags were planted during this timespan.

The LROC orbiter was launched in 2009 to analyse new landing sites on the moon and send back visual information about the lunar environment via narrow and wide angle cameras.

"Personally I was a bit surprised that the flags survived the harsh ultraviolet light and temperatures of the lunar surface, but they did," Robinson wrote. "What they look like is another question [badly faded?]."

Comments
  • christo.crous - 2012-07-31 11:51

    Only six flags? Should be more if they planted a USA flag with every mission. In 1971 they placed the following countries flags on the moon as well. The six different flags are. 1) USA 2) Soviet Union (Russia) 3) Japan 4) European Union 5) India 6) South Africa

      christo.crous - 2012-07-31 12:01

      Can't understand why people will give me a thumbs down. For their own lack of knowledge of history I guess.. lol

      sam.goldberg.988 - 2012-07-31 12:10

      Why was a South African flag placed there?

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-07-31 12:18

      Pratley Putty

      raath - 2012-07-31 12:25

      It would be an old South African "Oranje, Wit, en Blou" flag - Now the ANC is going to give billions to NASA to change the flag to a new one LOL

      christo.crous - 2012-07-31 12:42

      @ Sam: I guess to say "Thank You" for our help.. a South African product (Pratley Putty) was used on the moon.. (Pratley Putty as one of the adhesives that they used on the Ranger Moon Module Project in 1967)

  • eduan.dupreez.5 - 2012-07-31 12:17

    and WMD in Irak please watch the following videos from wiki Apollo 17 The movement seem so real! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ap17_schmitt_falls.ogg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ap17_strolling.ogg China will tel us the truth!

  • Andrew.Liptak - 2012-07-31 18:38

    I suspect that if you returned to the sites right now, you'd see all six flags still on the surface, even if there's only five still standing. #titlefail.

  • roger.wardsmith - 2012-07-31 20:05

    "" shadows "" dots in a fuzzy video and pics - and they claim these are flags ?? think I'll stick with the conspiracy theory

  • walter.lebza - 2012-07-31 21:48

    The flag is not there because the video was shot in a studio here on earth in hollywood. How come they don't know where the flag is, if we keep seeing the pictures and videos of a man planting a flag and waving goodbye on tv and internet?

  • walter.lebza - 2012-07-31 21:59

    Soon they'll be saying: we don't know what happened to alqaeda, we think the group disbanded.

  • chili.boots - 2012-08-01 04:09

    Very lame attempt, "professor". Show us a picture of these flags. Use Hubble. Or, any other camera, and telescope, you can find in Two Thousand Twelve. Or, should we just trust you?

  • ian.dowsett.77 - 2012-08-01 05:06

    well, looking at the number of comments from conspiracy idiots, looks like the moon money would have been better invested in education

  • eduan.dupreez.5 - 2012-08-01 09:36

    Still waiting for your source for why you believe that NASA and Obama have forgotten the technology for getting man back to the moon. Education??? Some times it is better to think for yourself lol!

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