Monday, July 30, 2012

American flags planted during Moon landings still waving

Four decades after America's last landing on the Moon, new images from NASA's camera have shown that all flags except one planted during Apollo missions are still standing and waving despite the harsh lunar climate.

All six flags except the one planted by Neil Armstrong during the first ever Moon landing are still standing, according to an analysis of the shadows they cast on the surface of the Moon, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

During each of the six American Moon landings, astronauts left American flags behind as symbols of their nation's scientific and engineering achievement.

The first was the monumental July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landing in which Armstrong declared on live television, "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". The final mission was Apollo 17 on December 14, 1972.

Scientists used new, detailed images from NASA's Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) to determine that the flags were casting shadows that circled them as the Moon moved in its normal orbit proving that they were still standing on their poles.

"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," Mark Robinson, an investigator with the lunar satellite programme 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!" Robinson wrote.

The American missions to the Moon remain the only manned flights to touch down on a heavenly body.

"Personally I was a bit surprised that the flags survived the harsh ultraviolet light and temperatures of the lunar surface, but they did," he wrote.

"What they look like is another question," Robinson wrote. The conditions on the surface of the Moon are harsh. Temperatures swing between 250 and -280 degrees Fahrenheit


  1. It is my understanding that there is no atmosphere on the moon, so how can a flag wave ?

  2. We never went to the moon.The 911 attacks planned and executed by dual citizen Israelis.

  3. 'Casting shadows' and 'waving' are two different things... what wind would wave these flags if the moon has no atmosphere...

  4. Yep, they're still waving out there in Area 51, all right.

    Anybody who still believes this Apollo crap after 40 years doesn't have the f***ing brains that God gave a doorknob. The Moon is so heavily irradiated that it's orders of magnitude above what anybody would experience on Earth, or even inside a nuclear reactor.

    So, if those astro-NOTS, who were not wearing either pressurized or lead-lined suits, had landed on the Moon, and taken one step out the door, they probably would have been dead before they got to the bottom of the ladder.

    Mayank, I suspect you're a NASA shill.

  5. Where can we see these images of the flags waving?

  6. Too bad no human ever walked on the Moon. Guess the Russian robots planeted them later. Russia was officially part of Apollo in Apollo 18 in 1973.

    "The Moon is a bright gamma-ray source. The Moon is brighter than the Sun in gamma rays. The Moon is exposed to cosmic rays and solar flares. When cosmic rays hit the ground, they produce a dangerous spray of secondary particles right at your feet, and trigger little nuclear reactions that release more radiation in the form of neutrons. The lunar surface itself is radioactive!" Dr Robert Naeye PhD, NASA GLAST Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope, Solar System: Sun, Moon, and Earth 23 Aug 2007

    Do you want to know more?

  7. FlunkkKie Fed's FAKKke FUZZY FLAG FOTOS of teh FAKE MQQN hoax

  8. thats because we never made it to the moon in 69.

  9. Will those new pictures have been taken on a soundstage too?