Five of the six American flags placed on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts are still standing today.
Apollo 17 was the last Apollo Moon Landing, the last crewed space flight beyond Earth orbit, and the last time human beings have set foot on the Moon.
On Apollo 16, Astronaut John Young performed Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind” to salute the flag.
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There were several notable achievements of the Apollo 14 Moon Mission. One that was abetted by the free time gained using the new flag design was that Alan Shepard became the first golfer on the Moon.
Apollo 12, the second lunar landing mission, was snakebit from the outset. The crew’s problems continued with their attempt to raise the American flag on the Moon.
Apollo 11 was the first of six Apollo spacecraft to land on the Moon. A total of twelve men walked on her surface, and every crew planted an American flag at their landing site. Each flag has a story to tell.
Today, if they think about it at all, most Americans take for granted that the Apollo astronauts planted American flags on the Moon. That wasn’t always the plan.