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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 05-02-2009 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While I was at the Explorers Club on Saturday (May 2, 2009), I was checking out the framed flags they have in the Clark Room, which were carried on various expeditions. One was hidden behind the projection screen, and when I moved it aside, much to my surprise I found that one had been mounted onto a presentation board certifying that it been carried on Apollo 8!

There was also a letter from Lovell to the Explorers Club noting that a larger flag was to have been deployed on Apollo 13, on the moon; and since the landing didn't take place, the flag remained folded in its plastic bag, and accompanied the letter to the club.

There was another signed presentation, noting (I think) that another flag was carried to the moon by Apollo 15.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 05-14-2013 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Explorers Club in NYC has on display a large (I believe 3x5 foot) flag from Apollo 13, still encased in plastic. If you go to one of their events (and they do have open to the public events), you can see it.

According to the letter also on display, from Jim Lovell, "Since we were going to land during the Apollo 13 flight, the plan was to have a large flag which could be unfolded on the lunar surface. The enclosed plastic package contains that flag."

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-16-2013 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lovell's large flag at the Explorers Club continued the tradition of the club's members bringing the flag with them on their expeditions. As mentioned, Lovell also donated a small Explorers Club flag flown on Apollo 8.

The Lovell flags and other flown Explorer Club flags can be seen here.

LM-12
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posted 05-16-2013 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure why they didn't just re-fly the larger Apollo 13 Explorers Club flag on a later mission to unfold on the lunar surface. They did have a smaller version of the EC flag on Apollo 15, as the photo shows.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-17-2013 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My guess is that it was because it wasn't NASA flying the flag for The Explorers Club, but Lovell. As best as I understand the tradition, the flags are entrusted with the club's members, such that the flag that flew with Lovell was assigned to him, not to NASA in general.

YankeeClipper
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posted 05-17-2013 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the member has to display the Explorer's Club flag on the particular scientific exploration expedition and later submit a flag report documenting the mission.

This Apollo 15 Explorer's Club Flag presented to Club President Walter Wood was sold at Bonhams in April 2012.

Out of curiosity, does anyone know if Explorer's Club flags were flown on every lunar landing mission and, if so, how many examples exist?

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