Planting a flag on the moon

With virtually no atmosphere on the moon – and, therefore, no wind – flags that fly freely on Earth would hang like limp cloth in the lunar environment. So Apollo 11 engineers had to rethink flagpole design entirely.

Video: Moon hoax not

Don’t believe the moon landings were real? Go ahead. Watch this.

5 moon-landing innovations that changed life on Earth

The technologies behind weather forecasting, GPS and even smartphones can trace their origins to the race to the moon.

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