In honor of Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who recently passed away, I wanted to post this article which I found on the BBC a few months ago (I’ve been saving it).
There is no atmosphere at all on the Moon, so there’s no wind or anything that would knock it over, but the Moon’s surface gets the full blast of energy from the Sun. There’s nothing to protect it.
Plus, rocks from space still hit the Moon regularly, so something could hit the site and knock the flag over. Thankfully though, it’s still up and intact.
The flag in question is from the Apollo 16 mission, not the Apollo 11 mission, but Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and all the astronauts before them helped pave the way for that little flag on the Moon, which is still there even today.
Rest in peace, sir! 🙂