Does NASA give any explanation as to why the flag was fluttering at the moon landing?
#104140. Asked by pagea. (Mar 25 09 6:11 AM)
Yes. To quote their website:
Not every waving flag needs a breeze -- at least not in space. When astronauts were planting the flagpole they rotated it back and forth to better penetrate the lunar soil (anyone who's set a blunt tent-post will know how this works). So of course the flag waved! Unfurling a piece of rolled-up cloth with stored angular momentum will naturally result in waves and ripples -- no breeze required!
"At their technical crew debriefing, Armstrong and Aldrin reported few problems with the deployment. They had trouble extending the horizontal telescoping rod and could not pull it all the way out. This gave the flag a bit of a "ripple effect" and later crews intentionally left the rod partially retracted."
You may know that Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon in 1969. You may even know that the last man to walk on the Moon was Gene Cernan in 1972. How well do you know the U.S. Space Program before it ever launched?
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