Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Are the flags planted by the astronauts in 1960 still standing on the moon?

Lunar scientists believes so.

The photo above is John Young, saluting the flag while jumping! A great demonstration of the lower gravity on the Moon. Apollo 16 Lunar Module (LM) Orion and the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) are in the background.

According to the latest photos of the moon taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. The photo is pretty convincing after they examine it.

Investigator Mark Robinson said, "Personally I was a bit surprised that the flags survived the harsh ultraviolet light and temperatures of the lunar surface, but they did. What they look like is another question (badly faded?)."

However, many scientist assumed that the flag won't survive more than four decades especially with the  harsh conditions on the moon. "Intuitively, experts mostly think it highly unlikely the Apollo flags could have endured the 42 years of exposure to vacuum, about 500 temperature swings from 242 F during the day to -280 F during the night, micrometeorites, radiation and ultraviolet light, some thinking the flags have all but disintegrated under such an assault of the environment," according to cientist James Fincannon.

Cool isn't Cute-rs? It's part of history that proves, man can go as far as the moon. -- super like!


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