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What happened to the flags on the moon ?

By T.K. Randall
July 9, 2011 · Comment icon 21 comments

Image Credit: NASA
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.


Source: CBS News | Comments (21)




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Comment icon #12 Posted by Chelle66 13 years ago
LOL @ Eldorado, that would be cool! Are we ever going to return to the moon? I wonder... It was bittersweet watching the final shuttle launch yesterday. I hope this doesn't mean the end of space exploration for the USA.
Comment icon #13 Posted by theQ54 13 years ago
Can't be much importance....they can hit a asteroid with a probe...so they could know that if they wanted.
Comment icon #14 Posted by MID 13 years ago
LOL @ Eldorado, that would be cool! Are we ever going to return to the moon? I wonder... It was bittersweet watching the final shuttle launch yesterday. I hope this doesn't mean the end of space exploration for the USA. I think we will, Chelle. And manned space exploration for the U.S. will happen again. We may be waiting a while, but it'll happen.
Comment icon #15 Posted by MID 13 years ago
Can't be much importance....they can hit a asteroid with a probe...so they could know that if they wanted. What can't be of much importance? Know what if they wanted? The sentence didn't make much sense.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Eldorado 13 years ago
What can't be of much importance? Know what if they wanted? The sentence didn't make much sense. LOL (my mother talks like that... in riddles... drives me nuts)
Comment icon #17 Posted by MID 13 years ago
LOL (my mother talks like that... in riddles... drives me nuts) Been alot of posters putting up stuff like that lately. Drives me nuts too...to a degree, because they generally don't explain it when I call them on it!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Mentalcase 13 years ago
Would be cool if there was a Six-Flags on the moon. Woot woo! lol QUOTE OF THE YEAR BOI!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Mentalcase 13 years ago
What the didn't tell us.....There was already a flag on the moon when we first got there......It had the photo of a dolphin on it....Sheet. Looks like we underestimated them... (I don't know what the hell i'm talking about) I know what you're talking about.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Mentalcase 13 years ago
US astronauts will be hitchhiking with other countries.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Taut 13 years ago
The Chinese will probably replace them all if there's anything left, with their own. And by the way, there's another whole program coming......look it up on the NASA site.....way kewl.


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