Since Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in July 1969, some things from the astronauts who visited it have been left behind. As the lunar module could only lift so much weight off the surface, the first missions decided to exchange some products and gears for moon rocks and other samples.
According to the Trash on the Moon, a dedicated website, five American flags (now white), 12 pairs of boots, two golf balls, 12 cameras and a telescope used for the first observations were left.
But it doesn’t stop there. There is still the ‘disgusting’ part of the story. Lua is also the location for 96 bags of human waste (including poop, pee and vomit), used tissues and food packaging.
There are also some curious objects, such as a gold pin in the shape of an olive and a photograph of the family of Charlie Duke, one of the astronauts of the Apollo 16 mission. Finally, 70 space debris and a silicon disk with messages from 73 world leaders they are there too.
According to astrobiologists, the good news about all this garbage is that, in the future, we will be able to know if human feces or other wastes have undergone some kind of genetic mutation in space.
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