Is the flag still on the Moon?

One small step for man, one giant leap for flag-kind.

11th June 2017
Is the flag still on the Moon? (Getty)

Asked by: Harriet Fyfe, Falkland Islands

Six flags were planted on the Moon – one for each Apollo landing. Apollo 11’s flag was too close to the lander and was knocked over by the rocket exhaust when Armstrong and Aldrin took off again. But high resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show that the other five are still standing. The flags were made of ordinary nylon though, so they have all long since been bleached white by the Sun. 

 


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