posted on Jun, 22 2010 @ 06:48 AM
I think what we are seeing here is the flag pole, before the flag was put on. Remember, Neil was already on the surface by the time Buzz stepped
off. He is the one that set up the camera, to get that good shot of the lander, and Buzz comming down. I would imagine he set up the flag pole as
well. You can see in the high res images, it extends below the horizon. It is just a few feet beyond the shadow of the lander, and about 5ft. tall,
not 400ft, out on the horizon.
The flag was suspended from a pole anlong the top. There may be some kind of connector on the top, giving it that bulbus look. Also, going from deep
black to the light soil color can cuase the colors to bleed and distort the image.