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Flags Still Standing at Several Apollo Landing Sites on the Moon

27 Jul 2012, 18:53 UTC
Flags Still Standing at Several Apollo Landing Sites on the Moon NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
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Caption: LROC image showing the illuminated side of the still standing American flag to be captured at the Apollo 17 landing site. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.Mark Robinson, Principal Investigator of the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter Camera (LROC) says the most often-asked questions he gets about the images LRO has taken of the Moon are about pictures of the Apollo landing sites and what is visible. Especially, Robinson said, people want to know if the flags are still standing.Previously, Robinson has said that while the flag poles are still standing, he didn’t think the flags themselves survived the harsh radiation of the lunar surface environment, but new images and video show that at some of the landing sites – Apollo 12, Apollo 16, and Apollo 17 – the flags must still be intact, because they are creating shadows on the surface. (...)Read the rest of Flags Still Standing at Several Apollo Landing Sites on the Moon (293 words)© nancy for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Apollo, Apollo landing sites, LRO, LROC Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh

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