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Thursday, July 7, 2011

MAN ON MOON: Are the American flags still on the Moon?

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(February 5, 1971) Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., Apollo 14 Commander, stands by the U.S. flag on the lunar Fra Mauro Highlands during the early moments of the first extravehicular activity (EVA-1) of the mission. Shadows of the Lunar Module 'Antares', astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Lunar Module pilot, and the erectable S-band Antenna surround the scene of the third American flag planting to be performed on the lunar surface - via Commons
(February 5, 1971) Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., Apollo 14 Commander, stands by the U.S. flag on the lunar Fra Mauro Highlands during the early moments of the first extravehicular activity (EVA-1) of the mission. Shadows of the Lunar Module 'Antares', astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Lunar Module pilot, and the erectable S-band Antenna surround the scene of the third American flag planting to be performed on the lunar surface - via Commons.

The fourth of July is the time of the year when American flags get all the attention.
Speaking of which, wouldn’t you like to know about what may have possibly become of those flags that were planted on the moon by the crews of all the Apollo missions?
Astronauts have by far left behind flags on six trips to the moon.
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the first flag on the moon, it was an act of pure symbolism. A U.N. treaty would not allow the U.S. or any other country to claim the moon as its territory, reports CBS News.
The flags waving behind are now among the most defining images of our time.

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