Flag on the moon?

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  1. noelister macrumors 6502

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    I was curious if it is possible to see the American Flag with a telescope? I know that there has been a lot of controversy about the whole moon landing and what not but if one could see the flag on the moon wouldn’t that end the whole hoax? I know this is random but I was just curious….
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    It's not possible. Even the most powerful telescopes can't see it.
     
  3. noelister thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahhh, I did not know this... Just seems like we would have the tech now of days.:confused:
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    You'd think, but we don't. It's not the distance but something to do with seeing through the atmosphere. Equipment was left up there that is much larger than the flag and we can't see that either.
     
  5. noelister thread starter macrumors 6502

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    none of our satalites have telescopes? what about the ISS?
     
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    I have no idea if our satellites or the space station are capable of looking at the moon. But...satellites and the space station are generally (not always) controlled, regulated, or associated with the government. My guess is that those who don't believe in the moon landing wouldn't take the government's word on this one either.
     
  7. noelister thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I never thought about that... They would pick apart the pictures like they have done with the video :eek:

    Thanks grapes911 for putting up with my foolishness. :)
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    No problem.



    Another thought about the ISS. There are 16 (or so) countries involved in the station. Assuming the moon's surface can be seen from ISS, wouldn't one of those counties have made it public if the flag wasn't there? I'm sure that at least one of them would love to rub it in our noses that we lied.
     
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    I think you still would need a pretty powerful telescope, and to know exactly where geographically the flag had been placed to try to find it.

    I'm not sure what they're sitting on up there, and even if they have the equipment, I'm not sure it'd be top priority to scan for flags on the moon. :p
     
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    The solar wind might have blown the flag down.
     
  11. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I've heard that too. The flag may have feel down from an engine blast, an astroid, or a million other possibilities.


    Here is a good site on seeing the flag with a telescope.
    http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=134
     
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    If Hubble can see light years away shouldn't it in theory be able to focus close enough to see the moon.
     
  15. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    If you read the link I posted above, you'll see the math of why it can't.
     
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    Wasn't there news a few years ago about Japan sending a satellite to search moon, did that ever happen.
     
  17. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    It kept getting pushed back and I don't think they ever did it. Last I heard, they are going to send an unmanned mission in 2008, and a manned mission in 2025.
     
  18. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I bet the Hubble can't focus close enough anyway. It's not made for macro work. ;)
     
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    Lets face it, there was no moon landing.


    *looks nervously around for "the Man" waiting to shut him up*


    Don't believe the truth. Don't believe the truth!!!!!!!!!
     
  20. mdavey macrumors 6502a

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    See, the moon is made of cheese!
     
  21. DerChef macrumors 6502

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    The only thing on earth I think that can see the Moon debris (including flag) directly is

    Very Large Telescope In Chile.

    But i guess at the cost of it they have better things to do with it and point it at:p

    Shut up the conspiracy theorists though:rolleyes:
     
  22. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

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    Similar to Wensleydale, IIRC.
     
  23. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    A private group is launching a satellite to orbit the moon and take hires imagery - they're planning on taking a ton of pics of the all the Apollo landing sites - so when this finally happens, I'm sure you'll have your image of the flag on the moon :D

    D
     
  24. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I do think it is kind of surprising that we don't have the technology to see it considering all of the images we get on the NASA site.

    If someone had asked me off hand, I would have said that I was pretty sure it could be seen.

    I never cease to be amazed at how little I know.

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  25. Queso macrumors G4

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    No chance. Those pesky aliens cleaned it up a long time ago.
     

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