Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the first flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
There were difficulties even during the process of setting it up, the astronauts had trouble placing the pole deep enough in to the ground and extending the aparatus designed to keep the flag outstretched. The flag itself was nothing special, made from the same materials as any other flag might be on earth and ordered from a government supply catalogue. More than 40 years on its unlikely that the flag is still in pristine condition, decades of sun-rot and micro-meteor impacts will have left it worn and tattered.
"As a symbol of the Fourth of July holiday, it is easy for the conversation this time of year to turn to iconic American flags, like the flag the Marines raised at Iwo Jima; the one firefighters put up at ground zero; and the one that flew over Fort McHenry and was the inspiration for what would become our national anthem."
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Source: CBS News
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