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What made the American flag blow during the 1969 moon landing?

  1. bethperry profile image91
    bethperryposted 5 years ago

    What made the American flag blow during the 1969 moon landing?

    This week my husband and I watched historical footage of the 1969 moon landing when we noticed the American flag that was planted was sailing. Since there isn't supposed to be wind on the moon what accounts for the blowing flag in this footage?

  2. Becky Katz profile image83
    Becky Katzposted 5 years ago

    According to this site, http://www.universetoday.com/19932/flag-on-the-moon/ there is a rod at the top of the flag to keep it standing out. The motion you saw while they were putting the flag up was the oscillation from them moving it upright to get it stuck into the ground. Good question and it made me curious too.

    1. bethperry profile image91
      bethperryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the link, Becky!

    2. lone77star profile image83
      lone77starposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome. I always admired the astronauts who went to the moon. This clears up a longstanding curiosity.

    3. DS Duby profile image94
      DS Dubyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great answer I've often wondered the same thing.

    4. Becky Katz profile image83
      Becky Katzposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Amazing what a Google question will answer, isn't it?

  3. JohnGreasyGamer profile image83
    JohnGreasyGamerposted 5 years ago

    I saw this on Qi (Quite Interesting, a factual game show hosted by comedian Stephen Fry), and the answer is because there's little gravity but it can still move. If the flag couldn't move, neither would the astronauts or the dust below. Think of entering the Moon's atmosphere as walking through water or going into jelly - your movement is impeded, kind of like walking into slo-mo all of a sudden.

    The reason isn't because of any gas moving it; it's just because the flag was unsettled and therefore moved to the low gravity ^^

    1. bethperry profile image91
      bethperryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      JohnGreasyGamer, that makes sense!

    2. JohnGreasyGamer profile image83
      JohnGreasyGamerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Before I saw the full explanation of the moon landing on Qi, I was in favour of the landing being a hoax. Even Mitchell and Webb made a good parody of how it would've been faked. ^^

  4. profile image66
    Angelina Ricciposted 5 years ago

    A rod at the top, like a magician used for a trick.  I knew the woman who designed the boots that first touched the moon.  She loved to tell that story.  "How was I to know what the surface would be like?"

  5. Alastar Packer profile image83
    Alastar Packerposted 5 years ago

    This is a hot topic, especially with the passing recently of Armstrong. Beth, the moving flag isn't the only anomaly connected with the first landing. According to at least one source that's been correct on other things, the first landing was staged. The ones following were real. I admit that's far-fetched. The source also says the astronauts in 1969 actually thought they were landing on the moon. Too much info to go into here and i'm not wholly convinced, but it is interesting.

    1. bethperry profile image91
      bethperryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Alastar, it does sound far-fetched but yeah, I've heard the rumor. One source told me that the "proof" was in the lack of stars in the footage. But I don't know, I'm not much of a space buff. But such things are interesting smile

 
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