NASA Moon Landing Conspiracy: Why Did The Apollo 11 Flag Flap In Space?

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So many conspiracy theories have surrounded NASA’s 1969 Moon landing that it’s challenging to keep track anymore.

One element that is cited by most theories is the fact that the US flag that has been planted on the Moon is seen flapping.

Back in 1969, NASA has landed the first two men on the Moon after a decade of chasing the Soviet Union in the Cold War space race, notes

America came out victorious back on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin successfully landed on the lunar orb.

In order to mark the victory, the astronauts have been instructed by President Richard Nixon to plant an American flag on the Moon “in honor of every US taxpayer who contributed to the Apollo program,” as reported by the online publication mentioned above.

But, the planting of the flag has attracted tons of skepticism from leading conspiracy theorists who have been questioning whether NASA has indeed landed on the Moon.

Leading conspiracy theory claims that the flag flapping in the vacuum of space is proof that NASA is lying. The flag seems to move like it’s moved by the wind when it was planted.

But, there’s no atmosphere on the Moon, so how come the flag did move like that?

The Flag conspiracy 

The online publication said that there no way the whole scene was actually filmed in the Nevada desert or in a studio.

“There is one key factor all lunar conspiracies get wrong and that is the American flag did not really flap or wave on the Moon,” they write.

According to the UK National Space Centre in Leicester, the flag’s apparent movements have been caused by the astronauts themselves and not by the wind.

The  Centre explained: “The flag was disturbed as it was planted into the ground and kept this bent shape because of the lack of strong gravity on the Moon.”

They also note that the flag was moving “because when astronauts were planting it, they rotated it back and forth to better dig into the lunar soil, which of course made the flag ripple like a pendulum – without a breeze.”

The Space Centre said, “There’s a huge amount of footage of the flags stood on the Moon in exactly the same position.”

The online publication also writes that, according to Lunar satellite photos, “the Apollo 11 flag has likely fallen over but the Apollo 12, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 flagpoles are still upright.”

Rada Mateescu

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