As we all know, NASA has done it’s the historic moon landing on 20th July 1969, since then many of the conspiracy theory have evolved, one of them is how does a Flag can wave and flap in the moon, where there is no atmosphere.
The ans to this is simple–>
The flag pole of used in the moon mission is like upside down “L shape” which holds the the flag in a static position like a curtain.
When the astronaut shake the flag, the momentum of twisting and turning in vacuum last much longer & the flag seems to wave like a normal flag on earth.
“Not every flag needs a breeze – at least not in space- NASA
NASA’s Experiment to prove Apollo 11 mission Flag flapping
As most of the people argue that there is some sort of breeze in the moon, because of which the Apollo 11 Flag was flapping.
so NASA scientists perform an experiment in which they built a replica of lunar Flag assembly,
& put it in the vacuum chamber as if now they can move it around just like the astronaut have done back in 1969.
The flag replica used in the experiment is the exact one used in the Apollo mission.
The flag pole of used in the moon mission was like upside-down “L shape” which holds the flag in a static position like a curtain.
The horizontal rod specifically preventing the flag collapsing in the windless environment
At regular Atmospheric pressure, when the scientists shake it, As expected the momentum of twisting and turning quickly dissipates & the flag is stationary in no time at all.
When all the air from the chamber was taken out by pipes. To make the chamber like moon surface (vacuum).
& this time
Without drag or friction from the air, the momentum of flag action lasts for a surprising amount of time.
Compared with controlled and regulated atmospheric pressure.
so in a vacuum, The flag move, not just a little bit it actually moves quite a bit as compared with normal air conditions.
They quoted “Momentum along will do it, you don’t need winds”
So that proves you don’t need wind to move the flag into the vacuum
so unless someone finds a shot of the flag flapping without an astronaut manipulating the flag pole, is myth busted
Quick facts about the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission:
- The Apollo program’s total cost was about $25.4 billion, about $152 billion in today’s dollars.
- In Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) and Michael Collins (command module pilot) were the crew.
The Apollo 11 astronauts were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President Richard Nixon.
- Once the astronauts safely returned to Earth, the Apollo 11 crew had to spend 21 days in quarantine.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent nearly 22 hours on the Moon in total but less than three hours on the surface.
The famous first words of Neil Armstrong as he stepped foot onto the moon, “
- For the Lunar Laser Ranging experiment, Neil and Buzz installed a mirror on the moon’s surface so that us earthlings could shoot a laser at the moon and measure how far away the moon is at all times by calculating how long it takes the beam to return to Earth.
- May 25, 1961 – President John F. Kennedy addresses Congress, “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”
At the end of the last Apollo 15 moonwalk, in 1971, astronaut David Scott performed a live demonstration for the TV camera.
NASA’s next Moon mission is scheduled at 2024, aims to land two astronauts, including the first female moonwalk.
The Man behind, Idea of Moons Flag:
As per, Jack Kinzler
chief, Technical Services Division of NASA
Before going launching the moon mission, there was discussion in the meeting that “a free-standing flag would be much more appropriate than just depending on the flag painted on the Lunar lander”
And then Jack got an idea of making a telescoping tubes flag, he made a prototype & showed it to Neil Armstrong, After seeing the prototype Neil Armstrong said: “That’s perfect; let’s go with that”.
They designed it in a way to fasten it on the underside of the descent ladder arm rest.
and added things called “pit pins,” they’re real quick releasing.
You just squeeze them and when you pull them out, a ball intercepts; it releases itself
this was a GSA Warehouse issued flag that cost about $5.
Flag were made up of nylon and could stand 200 degrees plus or minus.
They also built it with the hardened piece for hammering & told the astronauts,
“You take the hammer out of your geological tool kit and pound this thing down.”
Now, the flag is on each of the 6 moon landing sites.
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