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Camera captures historic lunar flags

31/07/2012
Lunar flag w shadow.

Lunar flag w shadow.

The West Australian
July 30, 2012, 8:19 am

Forty years after astronauts landed on the moon for the last time, a lunar camera has revealed what happened to the flags they left behind.

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera has captured images showing that all but one of the six American flags remain in place on their poles.

The flags were left on the moon during the six lunar landings to symbolise the United States’ scientific and engineering achievement.

“The first was the monumental July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landing in which Neil Armstrong declared on live television, ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’,” The Daily Mail reported.

Apollo 17 took part in the final mission in 1972.

“From the LROC images it is now certain that the American flags are still standing and casting shadows at all of the sites, except Apollo 11,” Mark Robinson, an investigator with the lunar satellite program, said.
“Astronaut Buzz Aldrin reported that the flag was blown over by the exhaust from the ascent engine during lift-off of Apollo 11, and it looks like he was correct.”

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