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Photos help solve enduring moon mystery

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images of each Apollo site taken at roughly the same orientation (i.e. spacecraft-to-lunar surface site angle) but with different Sun angles to show the travel of shadows.

Photos help solve enduring moon mystery

The iconic American flags planted by astronauts on the moon during Apollo missions are still flying after more than four decades, NASA has revealed.All six Apollo missions to the lunar surface planted the Stars and Stripes during their fantastic voyages, but the flags' fate has been a mystery until NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera captured the shadowed side of the flag planted at the Apollo 16 site.It took grainy shots like this one to finally put to rest a question that's been swirling for decades.The most recent photos of the moon taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera show that the flags still exist - except the one planted by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin after they became the first humans to touch the lunar surface July 20, 1969, New York Daily News reported.