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There is no secret that in 1969 NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin placed an American flag on the Moon. But what has happened to the flag?
You will absolutely know that NASA landed the first two astronauts on the Moon of July 20, 1969. The voyage was led by Commander Neil Armstrong, Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins.
After spending six hours inside of the LM for systems checks, Commander Armstrong left the spacecraft to utter the words “it’s one small step for a man”.
NASA said: “Buzz Aldrin, in an article written for Life magazine, stated that as he looked at the flag he sensed an ‘almost mystical unification of all people in the world at that moment’.”
So the question is whether the American flag still on the Moon. As we have mentioned above almost 50 years to the day after the US flag was placed on the Moon, so what happened to the flag.
The articles published in 2012 mentioned that the exposure to direct sunlight and intense space radiation on the Moon had either partially or completely destroyed the nylon flag.
But in common, NASA astronauts planted six flags on the Moon between 1969 and 1972. It is hard to imagine many of the flags survived 50 years in space and there is evidence to suggest the Apollo 11 flag may have been the first to perish.
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) took the image in 2012 which was able to identify three flags left standing on the Moon.
These are the flags of the Apollo 12, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 mission. “Fortunately the outstanding high-resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera of the Apollo sites enable us to see if any of the flags still cast shadows.”
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