Or did "they" get around to taking that away?
|Maybe the flag won't still be flying on the moon in 2034 after all...|
And who's the "they" in the song Greenwood hawks to crowds still high on the patriotic chords only a man of Lloyd Marcus' talent could reach...?
Sadly, the flag of a far different nation than the one we currently live in is - in all probability - is by all accounts dust in the solar wind (with apologies to Kansas).
I'm referring to the various flags the Apollo crews placed on the moon. [Six Flags on the Moon: What is Their Current Condition?, NASA.gov, 4-21-12]:
A variety of recent media articles report current thinking on the condition of the flags. Here is a sampling:
Chow, Denise, On the Moon, Flags & Footprints of Apollo Astronauts Won't Last Forever, Space.com, September 2011
Based on the new (LRO) images, that mystery may remain unsolved, but (LRO Camera Principal Investigator, Dr. Mark) Robinson is skeptical that the flags are intact, if they are still there. The moon's extreme heat and ultraviolet conditions would probably destroy the nylon flags over time, he explained. "Personally, I would be surprised if there's anything left on them," Robinson said. "You know how [if] you leave a flag out over summer, how it starts to fade. Now, imagine the extreme UV environment on the moon, and the hot and cold cycling, and it's been 40 years — so if the flags are still there, they're probably in pretty rough shape."…. (Robert Pearlman, an expert on space history and collectibles, and editor of collectSPACE.com said) "We didn't design a special American flag to go to the moon to last thousands of years. They literally sent out a secretary to the nearby Sears and bought an off-the-shelf flag and modified it. The natural disintegration of the flag's material in the harsh conditions on the moon's surface is to be expected."
"Bleached", “disintegrated”, “ashes”, “rough shape”, and “tattered”. Intuitively, experts mostly think it highly unlikely the Apollo flags (See Platoff's article Where No Flag Has Gone Before: Political and Technical Aspects of Placing a Flag on the Moon for details), could have endured the 42 years of exposure to vacuum, about 500 temperature swings from 242 F during the day to -280 F during the night, micrometeorites, radiation and ultraviolet light, some thinking the flags have all but disintegrated under such an assault of the environment.
Our finest hour was on July 20, 1969.
But it was foolish to believe the flag would survive the harsh reality of space, just as it was foolish to believe once proud cities like Memphis, Birmingham, Detroit, Jackson (MS), and Baltimore would survive the harsh realities of the type of community a majority black population creates.
"Bleached", “disintegrated”, “ashes”, “rough shape”, and “tattered”.
Funny how these adjectives describe not only the flag of the United States of America on the moon, but the flag of the "our" country in cities like... Memphis, Birmingham, Detroit, Jackson, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
But it wasn't the solar wind that "disintegrated" the US flag, as was done to the ones placed on the moon; it was the absence of a white population that did the trick...
Cue up the Lee Greenwood one more time.
For old times sake...
But ask yourself this serious question: solar radiation is a good reason for the United States of America flag disintegrating on the moon; but that reason doesn't fly for why civilization has disintegrated in places like Detroit and Memphis back on earth...