This is for your Just Too Cool file.
As you read this, keep in mind that The First Gay President has killed our manned space program, thus enervating our collective imaginations and making us dependent on those who don’t like us. But I digress.
I saw this on the news the other night but here is a version from azcentral.com:
ASU scientist’s cameras find 5 flags on moon
For years, scientists and space buffs have wondered what happened to the six American flags planted on the moon during the historic Apollo missions.
Now, thanks to high-resolution cameras orbiting the moon that are overseen by an Arizona State University professor, the mystery is solved: All the flags but one are still standing. The exception is the flag for Apollo 11, the historic first human moon landing in 1969, said ASU professor Mark Robinson, the lead scientist for the cameras aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The lack of an Apollo 11 flag is consistent with astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s memory of the famous mission. Aldrin said the flag blew over from the rocket blast when astronauts left the surface.
Robinson had previously doubted whether any flags would be visible.
“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?),” Robinson wrote in a recent blog on the orbiter’s website.
Images taken by the orbiter show the flags and their shadows but aren’t detailed enough to reveal whether the Stars and Stripes are still visible.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is an unmanned spacecraft that has been circling the moon for more than three years. The minivan-size orbiter has equipment that is photographing the moon’s surface, recording temperatures and measuring radiation.
The photographs are being used to map the surface and could be used to identify future landing sites, although the United States currently has no plans to send humans back to the moon.
Signs of the missions are still visible on the moon’s surface. Photos taken by the lunar orbiter show tracks made by lunar rovers and equipment left behind, including backpacks jettisoned by astronauts. Images taken of the Apollo 17 site show the astronauts’ foot trails.