the flag on the moon

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Posted by Lilly from ? ( on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 11:41AM :

In Reply to: War on Iraq posted by sankho from ( on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 9:11AM :

it was rigged:
A 3 x 5 ft. nylon flag, obtained through the government supply catalog, was altered by sewing a hem along the top. The crossbar, hinged to the pole, went through this hem, and a loop sewn around the bottom of the flag secured it to the pole. An astronaut would unfurl the flag by extending the telescoping crossbar and by raising it first to a position just above 90 degrees. He then lowered it to a position perpendicular to the pole where a catch prevented the hinge from moving.... At their technical crew debriefing, Armstrong and Aldrin reported few problems with the deployment. They had trouble extending the horizontal telescoping rod and could not pull it all the way out. This gave the flag a bit of a "ripple effect," and later crews intentionally left the rod partially retracted.

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