Five Flags Over the Moon

NASA's Lunar Recon Orbiter has found five of the six flags American astronauts placed there starting more than 40 years ago.


For years, scientists and space buffs have wondered what happened to the six American flags planted on the moon during the historic Apollo missions.

Now, thanks to high-resolution cameras orbiting the moon, the mystery is solved: All the flags but one are still standing. The exception is the flag for Apollo 11, the historic first human moon landing in 1969, said professor Mark Robinson of Arizona State University, lead scientist for the cameras aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.