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Images Show Apollo Moon Flags Still Standing

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the planted-to-last dept.

Moon 206

TheNextCorner writes "Images taken by a NASA spacecraft show that the American flags planted in the Moon's soil by Apollo astronauts are mostly still standing. Each of the Apollo missions planted an American flag in the soil at their landing sites. Scientists had previously examined photos of the Apollo landing sites for the flags, and had seen what looked like shadows cast by them on the lunar surface. Now, researchers have studied photos of the landing sites taken at different points during the day (and under different illuminations) and have observed shadows circling the points where the flags are thought to be."

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Amazing! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40821943)

You'd think that the flags would've been knocked over by all that lunar wind by now.

Re:Amazing! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40821997)

Or the desert wind rolling north from Mexico...

Re:Amazing! (4, Informative)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822281)

You joke, but (IIRC) the Apollo 11 flag was accidentally knocked over during lift-off (rocket engines, unsurprisingly, generate "wind"). They tried to plant the flags further from the craft during later missions, but I guess they were never 100% sure it didn't happen again (I'm about to RTFA to find out).

Fuck Apple! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40821949)

So I've been trying out OS X Mountain Lion and here [imageshack.us] is a shot of my desktop. LOL how could anyone *really* work like this? Apple is clearly integrating the wrong aspects of iOS into OSX.

Re:Fuck Apple! (4, Informative)

Dins (2538550) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822127)

Warning: Link above is gay porn...

Re:Fuck Apple! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822285)

No it isn't, it's just two guys sucking each other's dicks.

Re:Fuck Apple! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822345)

Yep, just a normal day of work for an Apple employee.

Re:Fuck Apple! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822361)

No that's a slide from the google employee handbook.

Re:Fuck Apple! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822453)

Awesome, thanks! I wasn't going to click on it at first since it seemed off topic.

But...but... (4, Funny)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 2 years ago | (#40821963)

The conspiracy theory nuts keep telling us that the moon landings were fake!

An appropriate response. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822009)

http://ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/10121/

Re:But...but... (2, Funny)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822019)

They'll just say these photos are fake. They have to keep up the illusion.

bring back /. classic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822331)

I thought "the Moon" was a ridiculous liberal myth. I read it somewhere on the internetz.

Re:But...but... (4, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822499)

The government was behind the moon landings!

No, seriously, the landings were faked, but they were filmed on the moon. We've had a base up there since 1958. "We can't film the dark side... for some reason."

It's a contrail factory.

Re:But...but... (2)

crutchy (1949900) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822687)

the moon base is where they send convicts now because australia is apparently already overpopulated with americans, and LV426 is a no go because people keep getting killed by some mysterious monsters (i don't beleive them because there aren't any real monsters... except the borg that have infiltrated congress)

the moon base is run by jfk and elvis

oh, and the dark side cant be filmed because of the civilization of rock spiders there and because the monolith orbiting jupiter told us not to mess with them

PS. if seven of nine ever runs for my electorate, i'll sure as hell be voting for her... WOOF!

Re:But...but... (1)

Antipater (2053064) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822027)

Well, duh. The photographic equipment used for these pictures was obviously damaged by the same van Allen radiation belts that killed any astronaut dumb enough to leave low Earth orbit!

Re:But...but... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822573)

Because the radiation levels are not as high or as lethal as many would have you believe.

The van Allen belts, to begin with, are regions of highly energetic particle radiation. Particle radiation can be shielded by quite thin sheets of light metals such as aluminium and plastics. Guess what the Apollo spacecraft was made from.... In addition, the belts are ust that: belts. Space trave is a 3-dimensional problem, and it is quite simple to arrange the flight path from Earth to the Moon such that it passes over or under the most intense areas of the belts. Thirdly, the passage through the belts was during the phase of the journey when they were travelling at their fastest, (20-25,000 mph), so they were not in them for long.

Cosmic and solar radiation is also largely particle radiation. The EM radiation such as gamma rays and X-rays is not high out there and can be easily attentuated by their spacesuits and spacecraft and endured for the short time they were on the Moon.

Radiation is a big problem for planned future missions because the intention is to spend months or years at a time there, and when considering radiation exposure duration is critical. Your body can withstand a short high level dose without too much trouble, but steady exposure to lower levels can be fatal after a while.

Re:But...but... (3, Insightful)

Ruie (30480) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822843)

You are oversimplifying things. Yes, slow moving charged particles (such as electrons or Helium nuclei) can be easily shielded. However, fast moving particles are much harder to shield against as they create showers of new particles (of lower energy) upon collision.

The spectrum of these particles extends way up - scientists are busily observing particles with energies on EeV scale (roughly what a moving golfball has), though these are quite rare.

Neutral particles, like gamma rays, can only be shielded by a bulk material - the penetration depth depends on density.

Lastly, we have we have direct visual observation [wikipedia.org] of cosmic rays by astronauts on Apollo missions and ISS.

In summary - being in space is kinda like being on a battlefield - if your general did not screw up the chance of being hit by an artillery shell is quite small. But this does not mean it cannot happen.

Re:But...but... (1)

crutchy (1949900) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822713)

you mean the sickening Van Halen radiation

gimme AC/DC any day

Re:But...but... (3, Funny)

Sketchly (1354369) | more than 2 years ago | (#40823027)

Why did they wear radiation belts?

Re:But...but... (2)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 2 years ago | (#40823237)

It's a more permanent solution than the chastity belts were.

Re:But...but... (0)

tippe (1136385) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822035)

They are! I have it on good authority that Stanly Kubrick himself photoshoped the flag onto those pictures...

Re:But...but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822045)

You could round them up, put them on a rocket to the moon, show them around and bring them back. And they would say they had been drugged or hypnotized. Don't let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy.

Re:But...but... (5, Funny)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822161)

Do we really have to bring them back? Seems easier not to.

Re:But...but... (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 2 years ago | (#40823097)

Then their last radio conversation would be "See, NASA didn't have the technology to bring them back, so they faked it instea......[croak]".

Re:But...but... (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822525)

Show them around the "sound stage" without a space suit.

Re:But...but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822069)

The conspiracy theory nuts keep telling us that the moon landings were fake!

They should watch more Mythbusters :)

Re:But...but... (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822529)

The conspiracy theory nuts keep telling us that the moon landings were fake!

They should watch more Mythbusters :)

I hear that those Mythbusters are just a myth! Or are they.... ;-/

Re:But...but... (1)

cupantae (1304123) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822977)

They wanted to test if the program "Mythbusters" is just a myth in one episode.

Unfortunately, Grant, Kari and Tori were allowed to do that one, so their experiment had gaping holes and proved inconclusive.

Re:But...but... (3, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822083)

That's because they're blithering retards. My advice is to tell them to fuck off, and if they still insist on blathering on, go Buzz Aldrin on them.

Re:But...but... (5, Funny)

Moses48 (1849872) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822095)

oblig http://xkcd.com/1074/ [xkcd.com]

Re:But...but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822269)

oblig you're a moron.

Re:But...but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822447)

oblig u mad?

Re:But...but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822603)

oblig WHARRGARBL [imgur.com]

Re:But...but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822787)

The best thing about that comic is the title text.

> "Ok, so Spirit and Opportunity are pretty awesome. And Kepler. And New Horizons, Cassini, Curiosity, TiME, and Project M. But c'mon, if the Earth were a basketball, in 40 years no human's been more than half an inch from the surface."

Even if you came back from the dead... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822209)

Even if you came back from the dead, they would not believe... this is in the Bible. Nevermind that many people regard the Bible itself as being akin to Moon landing conspiracy theories. It makes some interesting observations about human nature. The non-religious takeaway from that passage is that people who really don't want to believe on something (or really do want to believe in something) will find any rationalization to support their beliefs. Reason is irrelevant, and even their own eyes are irrelevant. They'll say "seeing is believing", but then when you show them they'll say it's a trick.

Re:Even if you came back from the dead... (2)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822607)

so you're simultantiously rooting for a literal interpretation of the bible AND for the scientific acheivement of the moon landings.
wow. nice job.
10/10 troll. would read again!

Re:Even if you came back from the dead... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822773)

If I were a Biblical literalist, why woulud I mention the "non-religious" interpretation at all? This is, BTW, from the parable of Lazarus the beggar and the rich man. Jesus Himself told it as a parable!!! Sheesh. I guess you just REALLY want to believe that I'm a troll and/or schizophrenic.

Re:Even if you came back from the dead... (0)

PRMan (959735) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822967)

Um, yes. Why is there something wrong with that? Just because people believe that God occasionally did miracles doesn't mean that they're science haters or something. It's only the God-haters saying that.

Re:But...but... (1)

MDMurphy (208495) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822313)

I figured they'll jump on the statement that all of the flags are still standing *except* Apollo 11's. They can then claim that one was faked to get in under the wire to hit the moon in the 60s on the first attempt while the subsequent ones were real.

Re:But...but... (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822333)

The studio they filmed it is at area 51 and was closed till now.
or:
Looking at the pixels, it is clearly photoshoped.

Obama's birth certificate is in the supply pouch (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822397)

Somehow it got mixed up with NASA paperwork when he was eight years old and living in Indonesia.

Re:But...but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822511)

The conspiracy theory nuts keep telling us that the moon landings were fake!

They were, there is irrefutable evidence [stuffucanuse.com] for people willing and able to think for themselves, open your mind.

Re:But...but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40823117)

So why hasn't NASA managed to fake anything else in the past 35 years?

Where were they able to pull a vacuum on an area larger than the Superdome back in 1969?

Where did they get the engineering and materials to build a dome capable of withstanding ~400,000 tons of external pressure with no internal supports? and external suspensions don't cut, the golden gate bridge falls an order of magnitude short of supporting that much external weight.

And how were they able to hide it?

Of course never mind that what the LHAs claim is evidence against the landing is usually evidence that it really happened, because they know nothing about very low pressure physics.

Fake (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40821973)

Photoshop is an incredible program.

Re:Fake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822017)

Yes, even i can shop in a couple of black pixels and call it a flag.

Re:Fake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822969)

If it was photoshop, they would have much better resolution.

Seriously this is a camera they stuck on the probe?? They could not get an NSA one that can read a watch from Earth LEO. Moon LEO is much "lower" and would easier.

Re:Fake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40823217)

You mean "LLO"

this is interesting and all... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822031)

...but it would be even MORE interesting if they WEREN'T there anymore.

We might even have a reason to go back and checkout what/who was moving our flags around :)

Re:this is interesting and all... (5, Interesting)

goodmanj (234846) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822317)

Why wouldn't they be standing? Because of the exhaust from the lunar module ascent stage's rocket engine. The LM blew all kinds of crap around when it took off, and kicked up dust on the surface. Here's a video of the Apollo 17 lunar liftoff, taken from the lunar rover's remote controlled camera.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iziumcklDbM [youtube.com]

Re:this is interesting and all... (4, Interesting)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#40823253)

A better video if you want to show what kind of mess that rocket kicks up is Apollo 15 [youtube.com] because while 17 stayed focused on the ascent with 15 they stayed focused on the lander and you get to see what a mess is left after they fired that engine up, with debris splattered all over the place.

Re:this is interesting and all... (5, Funny)

Art Challenor (2621733) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822457)

Technically, there's nothing that shows they are the SAME flags, just SOME flags.

Image clarity (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822041)

Moon or someone sneezed over a cappuccino.

Re:Image clarity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822319)

Quick, someone call in CSI! Zoom! Enhance!

If we had any balls (4, Insightful)

Spy Handler (822350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822059)

we wouldn't have to forensically analyze long-distance data to figure out if the flags are standing or not. We'd just be looking out the damn window and see.

Re:If we had any balls (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822187)

Yeah, then our balls would be useless since the radiation that'd leak in would be shredding our DNA.

The shadows are all wrong (1)

DeTech (2589785) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822097)

Definitely photoshopped.

Re:The shadows are all wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822155)

You can tell by the pixels.

Whew! (5, Funny)

partiklehead (2425806) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822099)

What a relief!
Imagine having to go all the way back there and fix it.

Re:Whew! (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822135)

What a relief!

Imagine having to go all the way back there and fix it.

Now that we've given up on technology in the US, maybe the plan would have been to pray that the Chinese would fix it for us.

Re:Whew! (4, Funny)

PRMan (959735) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822991)

We'd have to anyway. All US flags are made in China...

Re:Whew! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40823073)

What a relief!
Imagine having to go all the way back there and fix it.

Superman already fixed it after it got knocked over in the fight with Nuclear Man.

Ms. Moneypenny, compose a letter to Bart Sibrel! (4, Funny)

Chas (5144) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822149)

Dear Mr. Sibrel,

Hope that jaw doesn't ache too much from the jacking that Mr. Aldrin gave it.
Oh yeah, here's more proof from one of our lunar orbiters that there are, indeed, flags on the moon where the landings occurred and that all but one are still standing.

Hoax theory disproved bitch!

NASA

Re:Ms. Moneypenny, compose a letter to Bart Sibrel (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822375)

Dear Mr. Sibrel,

Hope that jaw doesn't ache too much from the jacking that Mr. Aldrin gave it. Oh yeah, here's more proof from one of our lunar orbiters that there are, indeed, flags on the moon where the landings occurred and that all but one are still standing.

Hoax theory disproved bitch!

NASA

No, they will just change the conspiracy theory based on this new "evidence", like perhaps NASA had the Russians put that stuff on the moon back in the '80s or something. If you took the conspiracy nuts to the moon and showed them the lunar lander site they would say that they were drugged and hallucinated the whole thing rather than admit that they were wrong.

Re:Ms. Moneypenny, compose a letter to Bart Sibrel (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822741)

As I've said before, I do believe that we landed on the Moon. But I enjoy playing a little devil's advocate. So, with that said...

The images are obviously real. And they show that something on the Moon changes according to the day. The assumption is that it is the flag. But it could be any oddly shaped thing.

So were I a conspiracy theorist, I'd point out that we never said that there weren't missions to the Moon. But were there any people on board? NASA proved that they could land on the Moon with the Surveyor missions. So these could easily be Apollo landers that were sent to the Moon in order to echo back radio messages to convince people that they were originating on the Moon. They could drop a flag and such off before landing.

Heck, I should be on "Dancing with the Stars!"

As an aside, I've never really heard from the conspiracy theorists on this one: Were Apollo 8 and Apollo 10 faked? Apollo 8 was the mission that flew around the Moon. Apollo 10 was the one that went to the Moon with a LEM but didn't actually land. The whole "leaving the Van Allen belts would kill the astronauts" theory would seem to imply that those missions must have been faked.

Re:Ms. Moneypenny, compose a letter to Bart Sibrel (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822947)

As I've said before, I do believe that we landed on the Moon. But I enjoy playing a little devil's advocate. So, with that said...

The images are obviously real. And they show that something on the Moon changes according to the day. The assumption is that it is the flag. But it could be any oddly shaped thing.

So were I a conspiracy theorist, I'd point out that we never said that there weren't missions to the Moon. But were there any people on board? NASA proved that they could land on the Moon with the Surveyor missions. So these could easily be Apollo landers that were sent to the Moon in order to echo back radio messages to convince people that they were originating on the Moon. They could drop a flag and such off before landing.

Heck, I should be on "Dancing with the Stars!"

As an aside, I've never really heard from the conspiracy theorists on this one: Were Apollo 8 and Apollo 10 faked? Apollo 8 was the mission that flew around the Moon. Apollo 10 was the one that went to the Moon with a LEM but didn't actually land. The whole "leaving the Van Allen belts would kill the astronauts" theory would seem to imply that those missions must have been faked.

Let's switch to new-school conspiracy theory: It's Obama's fault that they had to fake the moon landings. I'm not sure how but everything is Obama's fault right? After all he's the one that killed off all the dinosaurs, caused the great flood, started the civil war, Talked Napoleon into invading Europe, Made Hitler anti-Semitic, Shot JFK and RFK, and started Global Warming.

Wait, that's almost as credible as some of the moon landing conspiracy theories.

(I'm not a big fan of Obama by the way, I just think it's funny that the right-wing wackos seem to find the need to blame *Everything* on Obama)

Re:Ms. Moneypenny, compose a letter to Bart Sibrel (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822993)

That is why you don't let them wear a space helmet. So they can see it with their own eyes.

Why does it look like there is no gravity? (1)

dreold (827386) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822165)

The shadow gives the impression that the flag is still in its unfurled state (like on the photo from the landing).

Since there is gravity on the Moon, wouldn't the fabric have come down to hang close to the pole, i.e. just like it would on a calm day on Earth?

But it's obviously difficult to tell what one is looking at exactly.

Re:Why does it look like there is no gravity? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822237)

If I am correct, the flag had wire inside of it holding it up.

Re:Why does it look like there is no gravity? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822405)

You are not correct. ther eis no "wire" in das flag.

but it's really secret what they did, too bad a place like GOOGLE would not have the answer....

Re:Why does it look like there is no gravity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822503)

A horizontal rod extending from the top of the pole.

Re:Why does it look like there is no gravity? (2)

bcong (1125705) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822255)

There is a rod/pole on the top edge to keep it out like it is in a strong wind. Talk about an engineering face palm if the smart engineers at NASA didn't figure out that one sooner rather than later.

Re:Why does it look like there is no gravity? (4, Informative)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822273)

AIUI, the flag is actually hanging from a thin, stiff rod that holds it up. If it weren't for that, it would always have been hanging down.

Re:Why does it look like there is no gravity? (4, Informative)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822305)

As I recall (being old enough to have watched the whole thing on TV as a kid) - the moon flags have a rigid frame behind the fabric. Assuming the flag itself is made from actual fabric, which I don't remember. Anyway, the flags would not wave in a breeze.

It would be interesting to revisit the sites and see what kind of shape the flags are in - if there are holes punched through them, for instance.

Re:Why does it look like there is no gravity? (1)

MDMurphy (208495) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822337)

As there was no wind the flags all had a bar at the top to hold the flag perpendicular to the pole. They'd stay that way until UV destroyed them so much that it just fell off.

A reason for a return trip for at least two people (1)

Earl The Squirrel (463078) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822169)

So, since Neil and Buzz's flag fell over, I think they can call dibs on a 2nd flight to the Moon to fix that.... to be historically accurate they'd have to be the ones who did it... like having the original painter repair a masterpiece... the only way to do it right :-)

Good 'shop job (0)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822177)

Everyone knows the whole thing was filmed in Hollywood.

Nice (0)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822197)

That's a really good aerial shot of the set they used to stage the lunar landing.

Coincidentally... (5, Funny)

Airballp (1077091) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822243)

Top ranking NASA officials also used the phrase "mostly still standing" to describe the state of the U.S. space program.

Re:Coincidentally... (0)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822663)

That's what she said! (before she went for the viagra bottle)

Pics would be nice (2)

codepigeon (1202896) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822251)

From the article: "The most convincing way to see that the flags are still there, is to view a time series of LROC images taken at different times of day, and watch the shadow circle the flag."

Well, those would have been nice to see.

Re:Pics would be nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822411)

Yeah, funny that they didn't release those instead.

We have great shots!!! but here's some ambiguous shit!

Don't we have telescopes? (1)

valentinas (2692229) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822393)

The pictures of stuff left on the moon lading site look like they were taken with a regular DSLR using 500mm lens. Don't we have big telescopes that could take a decent picture? It's not that far away after all.

Re:Don't we have telescopes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40822551)

No we don't.

Re:Don't we have telescopes? (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822727)

I am not a telescope designer, but from what I understand, telescopes have sort of a fixed distance that they can focus in on. So a telescope that can show you Mars, for example, won't give you a really good close-up of your neighbor's left nipple as she stands naked in the window.

Umm.. (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 2 years ago | (#40823055)

but you're cool with it if I still wanna try-- right?

What will happen to that flag. (4, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822459)

About 15 years from now, the ambassador of the People's Republic of China will solemnly return that flag to the President of the United States. Some of the original Apollo astronauts will still be alive to attend. The flag will be placed in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, for future generations of Americans to admire.

Re:What will happen to that flag. (1)

gawaino (1191849) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822889)

Or: "Fry, look around! It's just a crummy plastic flag and a dead man's tracks in the dust. Now get in here before you freeze."

Re:What will happen to that flag. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40823107)

Or:
"Fry, look around! It's just a crummy plastic flag and a dead man's tracks in the dust. Now get in here before you freeze."

"we're whalers on the moon, we carry a harpoon"

Re:What will happen to that flag. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40823143)

Who gives a shit?

While China is wasting their time going to the moon to find the same old ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that the Americans found there decades ago, the rest of the world that lacks penis envy will hopefully have moved on to addressing more relevant problems.

Too bad (0)

itamblyn (867415) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822597)

If it had fallen over, that would have been a good excuse to go back and fix it.

I don't know what the big deal is... (4, Funny)

drkim (1559875) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822649)

I don't know what the big deal is...

You can see all the flags clearly by going to "Google Moon" and then go to street view.

Of course, they've blurred the license plates on all the LRVs.

Re:I don't know what the big deal is... (2)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 2 years ago | (#40823011)

In the original Google Moon you could zoom all the way in to Swiss Cheese.

All I see are pixels (1)

InsaneLampshade (890845) | more than 2 years ago | (#40822655)

Surely this isn't newsworthy, haven't people taken some pixels of the flag area before in the last few years? Do we have additional pixels now in this picture?

Either way the pixels look like pixels and not a flag. :(

Who gives a shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40823015)

Its a god damn flag on the moon. Who gives a shit? Oh Im sorry I forgot this isnt just any flag, its an AMERIKAHN FLAG!!!!! So that makes this earth shattering news.

Re:Who gives a shit? (1, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 2 years ago | (#40823209)

The real conspiracy is that the US flag says, "Made In China".

thanks for the article guys. (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 2 years ago | (#40823257)

I know the lunar landing and the flag come up a bunch in conversation and even sometimes on slashdot. Let me tell you, the state of the flag is taken very seriously here at Buena Vista studios in Burbank. What you may not know is that we've had a few touch-and-go situations that, had there been an actual lunar landing, would have been very similar to the storyline!

1977: doug, old key grip for leave it to beaver, accidentally left flag on the set of a hawaii 5-0 episode.
1981: flagpole repurposed for episode of the love boat, shuffleboard scene, and forgotten in a prop shop for 9 days.
1993: flag destroyed by stunt dog for the upcoming 1994 release of Lassie the movie.
2006: after a tragic accident involving bottle of wine and the original star wars reels, flag was quickly repurposed as an absorbant towel to no great effect
2009: flag replaced after concerns surfaced regarding wine stains.
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