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Apollo Moon flags still standing

Posted on Tuesday, 31 July, 2012 | Comment icon 31 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

Image credit: NASA

New images from the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter show the Apollo landing site flags still standing.

Experts have analyzed photographs taken by NASA's orbiting LRO spacecraft and identified small shadows at the locations of the landings. While these shadows were previously considered inconclusive, new photographs of the same locations show the shadows changing with the position of the sun around the points where the flags are thought to be.

One flag however is missing - that of the original moon landing, Apollo 11. This ties in with astronaut Buzz Aldrin's claim that during their lift-off from the lunar surface the thrust from the engines knocked the flag over on to the ground.

"Images taken by a Nasa spacecraft show that the American flags planted in the Moon's soil by Apollo astronauts are mostly still standing."

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Comment icon #22 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 1 August, 2012, 0:39
Can we forget the hoax theory stuff and remain on topic just this one time please. That stuff has a forum of it's own.
Comment icon #23 Posted by DONTEATUS on 1 August, 2012, 0:57
Well I would think that someday we will return to the Moon And THen THe images will amaze just as the First ones did from the late 60`s ! Cant wait !
Comment icon #24 Posted by csspwns on 1 August, 2012, 2:12
what would really have been interesting is a flag of an alien race on the moon
Comment icon #25 Posted by ThatDude on 1 August, 2012, 2:37
Lol nice one. By the way, do you believe in aliens?
Comment icon #26 Posted by csspwns on 1 August, 2012, 2:50
yes i do and you? welcome to UM btw
Comment icon #27 Posted by ROGER on 1 August, 2012, 10:45
The SY Fy channel will be sending Josh Yates and crew to the moon to verify this story.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 1 August, 2012, 21:47
As plans stand DONTEATUS, NASA is likely to carry out a manned mission to an asteroid before returning to the moon (or aiming for Mars). With any luck this mission will be as amazing as Apollo was. I hope, as did Apollo, it will lead to a lot of children wanting to become scientists, engineers and even astronauts. To steal the motto of the London 2012 Olympics: What would be really have been interesting would have been a sensible, on topic, post from csspwns, but I guess we'll have to stick to the highly unlikely instead of the impossible.
Comment icon #29 Posted by bewizardry_unharmonic on 3 August, 2012, 19:02
It's amazing how these "fake" pictures all have one light source with the shadows all in the same direction, unlike the original 1969 pictures. *snip*
Comment icon #30 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 August, 2012, 20:29
We have a thriving Conspiracies section with a very long running discussion on Apollo hoax theories, you can find it here: Your questions and comments would be better suited for that thread, rather than taking this thread off topic. Thank you.
Comment icon #31 Posted by DONTEATUS on 3 August, 2012, 21:06
Better listen to Waspie Y`all ! He`s right on most 99 % of the time ! Cheers mate !

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