Four decades after the last Apollo mission landed on the moon the only enduring question since the 1960s has been: Are the flags planted by the astronauts still standing? From the latest verdict that has been released by lunar scientists from the latest photos of the moon taken by LROC or NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera does say that many of them are indeed still in place.
According to LROC principal investigator Mark Robinson, “From the LROC images it is now certain that the American flags are still standingand casting shadows at all of the sites, except Apollo 11."
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin reported that one of the flags was blown over by the exhaust from the ascent engine during liftoff of Apollo 11. During each of the six American moon landings, astronauts left American flags behind as symbols of their nation’s scientific and engineering achievement.
The American missions to the moon remain the only manned flights to have touched down on a heavenly body with the first and the most monumental being of July 20, 1969 in which Neil Armstrong declared on live television, 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.'
The event has for long been regarded as one of the most remarkable achievements of mankind, but, at the same time there are innumerable conspiracy theories that surround and question the credibility of the entire moon landing mission.
The most famous among them was discussed in the first book written on this subject. Titled as We Never Went to the Moon: America's Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle by Bill Kaysing, the book accused NASA of faking the landings, arguing that they were staged by Hollywood with Walt Disney sponsorship.
Also, various authors have discussed reasons and presented claims that make details related to moon landing highly skeptic and unreliable.