July 4, 2013
While lunar images have proven that the American flags planted during the Apollo missions are still standing on the moon, lunar scientists have now said that they probably no longer hold the iconic stars and stripes — radiation from the sun most likely bleached out all the colors. The result? The flags are probably completely white by now.
Even on the surface of the Earth, under the protection of our atmosphere, flags flown in bright sunlight would fade severely in the 43 years since the moon landings. Because the moon doesn’t have an atmosphere, and there is no shade, the flags planted by the Apollo astronauts are exposed to bright, constant sunlight with even more radiation.
This article was posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 11:01 am