Q & A

Question: how did the flag ‘blow’ in the wind? And how did it stay up

Response: There’s a rod running across the top. So the flag on the Moon is being held out by the rod and isn’t blowing in the wind. There’s no wind to make the flag to flag, but there’s also no wind to stop it from moving back and forth. When the astronauts planted the flag on the Moon, they couldn’t help but give it a sideways push. Without the wind resistance the flag would experience on the Earth, the flag can flap back and forth a few times before finally settling down. That’s why it looks like it’s flapping, even though there’s no wind.