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Memorial to Fallen Astronauts on the Moon
« on: September 12, 2020, 03:40:23 PM »





https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-is-a-sculpture-on-the-moon-commemorating-fallen-astronauts-358909/

List of Crap we left on the moon. :biggrin:

Six flags
Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17, the manned missions that successfully landed on the moon between 1969 and 1972, all planted American flags in lunar soil. Five of them are still standing, according to Mark Robinson, a professor at Arizona State University who is the principal investigator for the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, which has monitored all the flags and captured photos. “[The] Apollo 11 flag fell over when the ascent stage blasted off,” Robinson says. As for the five star-spangled banners still upright, Robinson added, they’re almost certainly bleached by the atmosphere’s UV rays. “I can say that the flags have very likely suffered fading from ultraviolet light exposure,” he adds. “Since there is no record of the material the flags were made of one can only speculate as to the degree of fading and any other damage.”

Disc of goodwill messages
Apollo 11 carried a tiny cylindrical case made of silicon containing a scroll with greetings from the leaders of 73 countries (including two countries, Yugoslavia and the Republic of Dahomey, that don’t exist today). Given that the whole package was the size of a half-dollar, the text inside the disc was scanned and reduced 200x, so it could only be read with a magnifying glass. The disc, whose outside reads “From Planet Earth — July 1969,” still sits in the moon’s Sea of Tranquility after being tossed there by Buzz Aldrin.

Enlarge ImageA gold replica of the olive branch left on the moon by Apollo 11 crewmembers
A gold replica of the olive branch left on the moon by Apollo 11 crewmembersNASA
Olive branch
Less than 6 inches long, the golden trinket was left by the Apollo 11 astronauts as “a wish for peace for all mankind,” according to NASA.

Golf balls
During his 1971 moonwalk, Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard withdrew a six-iron to drive two golf balls into the lunar landscape. Granted, he did it awkwardly, given the bulky, stiff spacesuit. Thanks to the low gravity, however, even his second rough shot went 200 yards. The cute stunt apparently took mission controllers in Houston by surprise; Shepard had smuggled the golf club in his suit. He brought the club back to Earth; it’s in the United States Golf Association Museum.

Astronaut badge
When Alan Bean walked on the moon during Apollo 12’s visit in 1969, he removed his silver lapel pin, which depicted a shooting star with an orbit around its tail, and tossed it into the unknown. “I can still remember how it flashed in the bright sunlight then disappeared in the distance. It was the only star I ever saw up in the black sky, the sunlight was just too bright on the Moon’s surface to see any of the others,” the late Bean described about a work of art he painted of the scene. “I often think of my silver pin resting in the dust of Surveyor Crater, just as bright and shiny as it ever was. It’ll be there for millions and millions of years or until some tourist finds it and brings it back to Earth.”

A Bible
The commander of 1971’s Apollo 15, David Scott, put a paper copy of the holy book with a red cover on the dashboard of an abandoned lunar roving vehicle.

Fallen astronaut sculpture
Scott also left a 3.3-inch silver statuette by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck next to a plaque with the names of the 14 space explorers from the US and the Soviet who had died up until that point.

Astronaut excrement
The 22-page NASA document lists “defecation collection devices” (five) and “urine collection assemblies” (seven) and “urine receptacle systems” (three). Our heroic lunar explorers were indeed still humans who excreted bodily waste on the flights up that required disposal before any return trips.

Five retroreflectors

https://nypost.com/2019/07/18/heres-what-weve-left-behind-on-moon/
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Re: Memorial to Fallen Astronauts on the Moon
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2020, 08:58:27 AM »
Excellent!

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Re: Memorial to Fallen Astronauts on the Moon
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2020, 09:51:12 AM »
Excellent!
I knew we left a lot of stuff behind, but I never heard about the plaque before of the figurine. This was pretty cool.
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Re: Memorial to Fallen Astronauts on the Moon
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2020, 10:22:03 AM »
I knew we left a lot of stuff behind, but I never heard about the plaque before of the figurine. This was pretty cool.

I always assumed the golf ball and knew about the flag, but that plaque is pretty cool...

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Re: Memorial to Fallen Astronauts on the Moon
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2020, 10:38:01 AM »
I always assumed the golf ball and knew about the flag, but that plaque is pretty cool...
When I was watching the first moon landing, a NASA spox stated that we were able to watch the lander leave the moons surface because the camera left behind would continue to transmit images indefinitely.

Ever since that day, I have not been able to find one source verifying that claim or a single image since. I remember watching the lander take off, but that is the last I heard of it. Weird...
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Re: Memorial to Fallen Astronauts on the Moon
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2020, 07:12:51 PM »
When I was watching the first moon landing, a NASA spox stated that we were able to watch the lander leave the moons surface because the camera left behind would continue to transmit images indefinitely.

Ever since that day, I have not been able to find one source verifying that claim or a single image since. I remember watching the lander take off, but that is the last I heard of it. Weird...

Interesting...............

 

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