What Happened To The Flags On The Moon?

From the first U.S. flag planted in the lunar surface when man first set foot on the moon, every Apollo mission that has reached the moon has left a flag. Since then, space travel has set its sights elsewhere, and humans haven't visited the moon in decades. Are the flags we planted still standing? Find out in the video below.

What Happened To The Flags On The Moon?

We haven't set foot on the moon since the '70s, but we still know how the flags are faring.

Why Does It Look Like The Apollo Flag Flapped In The Breeze?

There's no atmosphere on the moon to create wind, so flags shouldn't flutter—should they?

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Engineers erected a crossbar from which the Apollo 11 flag would hang, to make up for the lack of breeze on the moon. 00:35

  2. The final flag assembly of the Apollo 11 flag weighed 9 pounds and 7 ounces. 00:55

  3. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin placed the Apollo 11 flag too close to the lunar module, and it was knocked over by the rocket's exhaust when they left the surface. 02:03

4 Lessons From The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Find out what we learned from that monumental first.

Written by Curiosity Staff October 7, 2016

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