U.S. Flags are still standing on the Moon
For the skeptics who never fail, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) spacecraft, orbiting the moon, sent photos showing the flags installed the Apollo astronauts of the 1960 that are still standing on the satellite.
“Of the LROC images is certain that the American flags are still standing and creating shadows at all sites except Apollo 11,” said LROC investigator Mark Robinson . This last flag “was blown by the ascent engine exhaust during launch of Apollo 11,” said astronaut Buzz Aldrin told. “It seems he was right!” Said Robinson.
Each of the six Apollo missions planted a flag on the satellite. Images sent by the probe have been examined by scientists, who observed what would be the shadows cast by the flags. Several images were taken at different times of day, noting that the shadow moves in a circle around the site is believed to be the flag.
“Personally I was a little surprised that the flags survived the strong ultraviolet light and temperatures of the lunar surface, but they did. How are today, is another matter (very worn?), “Robinson wrote.
The flags have spent 42 years under vacuum, exposure to ultraviolet light, temperature change of 116° C to -173° C, radiation, micrometeoroids and other, so many thought that by now they would have disintegrated.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has also sent photos of the places reached by the Apollo missions, showing the vehicles were left on the surface. The LRO was launched in 2009.
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