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Posted: 9/4/2015 12:43:36 PM EST
...on the moon as they were left by Apollo crews?
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:46:43 PM EST
Unless an asteroid hit near one or they blew it over when the LEM took off there is nothing to cause them to fall over. Probably bleached the fuck out by the sun but I bet still standing.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:50:55 PM EST
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Originally Posted By StewartTR:
Unless an asteroid hit near one or they blew it over when the LEM took off there is nothing to cause them to fall over. Probably bleached the fuck out by the sun but I bet still standing.
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Great, so now it looks like France got there
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:50:56 PM EST
They are probably unrecognizable as U.S. flags any more. The extreme UV radiation and thermal cycles have certainly taken their toll. These weren't flags made from space age materials. If memory serves the Apollo 11 flag was purchased at a local Sears.

Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:51:48 PM EST
Either DU or Occupy took them down.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:52:39 PM EST
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Originally Posted By StewartTR:
Unless an asteroid hit near one or they blew it over when the LEM took off there is nothing to cause them to fall over. Probably bleached the fuck out by the sun but I bet still standing.
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FPNI. This is exactly what happened. And all of them are probably standing.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:52:41 PM EST
Those flags are fine...on some secret Hollywood set somewhere.

Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:53:45 PM EST
How come we can't see them through a telescope?
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:55:37 PM EST
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Originally Posted By gym007:
How come we can't see them through a telescope?
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You can with the lunar reconnaissance orbiter:



Link Posted: 9/4/2015 12:58:12 PM EST
Most U.S. Flags Still Standing On Moon


Looks like the Apollo 11 flag was knocked down when the LM lifted off from the surface. I think Buzz Aldrin reported at the time he saw it go down.

Link Posted: 9/4/2015 1:04:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By StewartTR:
Unless an asteroid hit near one or they blew it over when the LEM took off there is nothing to cause them to fall over. Probably bleached the fuck out by the sun but I bet still standing.
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None. They were just regular nylon flags. They didn't think things through or they would have made them of metal or something. But nylon being bombarded by unfiltered UV light from the sun for the last 40 years? They have more or less disintegrated at this point.

ETA - huh - looks like some think they might still be there. I dunno - maybe. They would be bleached at the least. the POLES would still be there, but I don't know if that is enough to make the shadows seen by the LRO.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 1:14:10 PM EST
This guy seems to know his stuff about the flags on the moon...

http://astrobob.areavoices.com/2012/07/28/can-you-see-the-american-flag-on-the-moon-yes/

"The Apollo 11 flag was blown over by engine exhaust. Aldrin saw it fall. Of the five remaining flags, only Apollo 12, 16 and 17 are still there as revealed by their shadows in LRO images taken in August 2011. They’re no doubt bleached and colorless because of UV radiation as well as extremely brittle because of the extreme heat and cold. There are no signs left of the Apollo 14 and 15 flags. They probably fell apart in the heat and extreme environment. It’s unlikely the three remaining will last for much longer."
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 1:25:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By jon7400:
This guy seems to know his stuff about the flags on the moon...

http://astrobob.areavoices.com/2012/07/28/can-you-see-the-american-flag-on-the-moon-yes/

"The Apollo 11 flag was blown over by engine exhaust. Aldrin saw it fall. Of the five remaining flags, only Apollo 12, 16 and 17 are still there as revealed by their shadows in LRO images taken in August 2011. They’re no doubt bleached and colorless because of UV radiation as well as extremely brittle because of the extreme heat and cold. There are no signs left of the Apollo 14 and 15 flags. They probably fell apart in the heat and extreme environment. It’s unlikely the three remaining will last for much longer."
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Interdasting.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 1:50:20 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Federov:


Great, so now it looks like France got there
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Originally Posted By Federov:
Originally Posted By StewartTR:
Unless an asteroid hit near one or they blew it over when the LEM took off there is nothing to cause them to fall over. Probably bleached the fuck out by the sun but I bet still standing.


Great, so now it looks like France got there


I see what you did there!
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:22:09 PM EST
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Originally Posted By USC45:
Those flags are fine...on some secret Hollywood set somewhere.

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Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:24:13 PM EST
The other day I read something that said all are except one that was blown over when the LEM took off.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:29:52 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Dan_Cooper:
Most U.S. Flags Still Standing On Moon


Looks like the Apollo 11 flag was knocked down when the LM lifted off from the surface. I think Buzz Aldrin reported at the time he saw it go down.

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They learned to set the flag up further out from the LM after that?

Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:50:39 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Dan_Cooper:
They are probably unrecognizable as U.S. flags any more. The extreme UV radiation and thermal cycles have certainly taken their toll. These weren't flags made from space age materials. If memory serves the Apollo 11 flag was purchased at a local Sears.

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By definition, yeah they were.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:52:03 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AR45fan:


By definition, yeah they were.
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Originally Posted By AR45fan:
Originally Posted By Dan_Cooper:
They are probably unrecognizable as U.S. flags any more. The extreme UV radiation and thermal cycles have certainly taken their toll. These weren't flags made from space age materials. If memory serves the Apollo 11 flag was purchased at a local Sears.



By definition, yeah they were.
Lol, nailed it.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 4:53:21 PM EST
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Originally Posted By TescoVee:
Originally Posted By gym007:
How come we can't see them through a telescope?
You can with the lunar reconnaissance orbiter:

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/images/628056main_M175428601RE_25cm_AP12_area.jpg



https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/images/628056main_M175428601RE_25cm_AP12_area.jpg




Hmmm. "Head" crater.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 5:31:57 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Dan_Cooper:
Most U.S. Flags Still Standing On Moon


Looks like the Apollo 11 flag was knocked down when the LM lifted off from the surface. I think Buzz Aldrin reported at the time he saw it go down.

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yep



Five are still in place. The pole was changed after the first mission to make it stay put.
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