US Flags planted on the Moon by Apollo astronauts still standing from the 1960s

US Flags planted on the Moon by Apollo astronauts still standing from the 1960s

Cape Canaveral : FL : USA | Jul 30, 2012 at 8:12 AM PDT
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LRO Revisits Apollo Landing Sites

Nothing has changed on the Moon from 1969 when Apolo-11 planted the first US flag on the surface of the Moon.

This has been reported in of dated the 30th of July 2012.

From the photos taken by the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter (LRO) it can be seen that the flags are still casting shadows - except the one planted during the Apollo 11 landing.

Of course, the one planted by Apolo-11 had been knocked off by the exhaust of the engine as Apolo-11 took off for its journey back to Earth with Buzz Aldrin.

The US made seven manned landings on the Moon between 1969 and 1972 and one flag had been planted every time an Apollo mission landed on the Moon.

The flags had survived the harsh UV light and temperatures of the lunar surface, but they are intact and appear to be badly faded.

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