posted on Nov, 11 2009 @ 03:37 AM
This is about the american flag on the moon.
The moons temperature:
Mean surface temperature (day) 107°C
Maximum surface temperature 123°C
On the Moon Lander craft:
Several layers of thermal blanketing material were placed between the shroud and the flag assembly, limiting the temperature experienced by the flag
to 180 degrees Farenheit . (footnote 12) (this is while on the lunar lander)
180 degree farenheit = 82.222 degree celcius
it take 100 degrees celsius to boil water.
if this $5.50 american flag was in 107 degrees celcius and there was air it would burn right? if there's no air... it still should be throwing off
its materials that would burn, and turn a charcoal colour, right?
Construction and Testing
All of the work on the flag assembly and on the flag shroud was performed in the workshops at the Manned Spacecraft Center. Alterations to the flag
were done in the fabrics shop, the sheet metals shop constructed the flagpole, and another shop anodized the flagpole -- electrolytically coating the
aluminum to give it a gold color and a stiff protective surface. Tubing used in the construction of the pole was about an inch in diameter with a wall
approximately 1/32 of an inch thick. The telescoping feature of the pole was created by using different sizes of tubing that slid neatly into each
other. A capped bottom allowed the upper portion of the pole to slide easily into the lower portion. The base of the lower section was designed with a
hardened steel point to make it easier to drive into the lunar soil.
Cost of materials was relatively low -- the flag was purchased for $5.50 and the tubing cost approximately $75. The cost of the shroud has been
estimated at several hundred dollars due to the materials involved. Construction of the prototypes was achieved in several days, and after a week the
team had made a few backup assemblies, and some to be used for crew training purposes. Demonstration tests were performed where the flag assembly was
folded, packed, unpacked, erected and deployed to assure that it would operate properly. Kinzler flew to Kennedy Space Center in Florida to
participate in a mockup review of the lunar flag assembly on 25 June 1969. The astronauts were included in several of these tests as part of their EVA
training so that they would be familiar with deployment procedures. (footnote 13)