Apollo Landing Flags: Shadows cast by US flags put up in the 1970s are visible on the Moon’s surface, new photographs reveal
Posted by Xeno on July 31, 2012
New Nasa photographs show most of the flags placed by crews of the Apollo spacecraft are still standing on the Moon.
Shadows cast by five of the six US flags put up in the 1960s and 1970s are visible on the surface of the Moon as it spins around the Sun.
The remaining flag – planted by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the first Moon landing in 1969 – was knocked over as the Apollo 11 craft began ascending from the surface.
Mark Robinson, an investigator with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), said: “From the LROC it is now certain that the American flags are still standing and casting shadows at all of the sites, except Apollo 11.