Jul 292012

New images appear to shatter decades of speculation!!! Photos published by NASA show that the humans stepped on the lunar surface during several Apollo missions (scroll down for photos and videos).

Over time, there were dozens speculations related to the astronauts space mission on the moon. Some people have vehemently denied that man had reached Earth’s natural satellite. But now, NASA experts have presented images that normally should dispel such theories.

NASA has just released images featuring the traces left by the Apollo 17 crew members on Moon’s surface. In the pictures taken over by universetoday you can see the flags placed by the astronauts on various missions after they got off the spacecrafts.

Mark Robinson, a senior inspector of the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter Camera, said he was surprised to see that these flags still exist, intact, in spite of the high temperatures and radiation.

Initially, Robinson had claimed that while the flag poles are possibly still standing, he didn’t believe the flags themselves resisted the tough radiation of the Moon surface environment. But NASA researcher was apparently wrong according to the new images and video which proved that at some of the landing sites – Apollo 12, Apollo 16, and Apollo 17 – the flags are still intact as their shadows are clearly seen on the lunar surface.

U.S. Apollo space program, which aimed at manned lunar exploration, took place from 1961 to 1972.

This photo shows the flag left near the Apollo 16 landing site with the spacecraft slewed 15° towards the Sun; flag's shadow is spotted by LROC. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.

LROC captured image revealing the lit side of the still standing U.S flag located at the Apollo 17 landing spot. Photo: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.

Video: Apollo 12 landing site

Video: Lunar lander mission for Moon Exploration (European Space Agency ESA)



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