A British engineer has claimed he tricked astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to plant a British flag on the moon.
Keith Wright, from Nottingham, was an engineer at the Kennedy Space Center working on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
He revealed that he secretly drew a small EU flag on a solar panel destined for the moon's surface because he wanted to give Brits a little credit.
After 50 years of keeping secret, he told Carol Vorderman how he managed to send flags to the moon and tell his fascinating career with NASA.
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a British engineer has claimed he tricked astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into planting a Union flag on the moon. Keith Wright, from Nottingham, was an engineer at the Kennedy Space Center, working on Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Here, right after it was planted
part of his role was to work on disposable equipment, some of which knew that he should be left on the moon.
We work on the experiments that the astronauts were going to put on the moon's surface, he told the one show on the BBC.
Mr Wright said that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin entered the facility for a run.
The American astronauts were shown a series of solar panels they wanted to plant on the moon, so the team all decided to sign their names on the brackets.
& # 39; I signed my name and I thought I would put & # 39; UK & # 39 ;. Then I thought I would draw a small EU flag, he said.
& # 39; So we had a small Union Flag outlined there, installed it on the experiment package, and it went to the moon. & # 39;
& # 39; We got a pen and signed our names and when I signed my name I thought & # 39; I'd rather put & # 39; UK & # 39;.
& # 39; We wanted to give Brits a bit of a credit so I thought I & # 39; d also draw a small union flag.
Keith Wright, pictured, was an engineer at the Kennedy Space Center, who worked in 1969 Apollo 11 Mission. He revealed that he secretly pulled a Union Jack on a solar panel intended for the moon's surface because he would give Britons some credit.
His secret secured a little piece of British made it to the moon, for he would give the British a little credit. Here, Carol Vorderman is spoken on the program
Aldrin has been shown to use the passive seismic test package (PSEP) on the lunar surface. PSEP was one of the experiments performed during the moon landing missions
. Wright said the US flag was planted first before the astronauts laid the solar panels. The engineer worked in the UK for de Havilland before he won a coveted job at the Apollo mission. Here he showed his astronauts' signatures with the other 26 British engineers working on the project
& So I have a small Union Flag outlined there … installed it on the experiment package and it went to the moon. "
He said that the American flag was planted first before the astronauts before they shut down solar panels used as part of an experiment.
The engineer worked in the UK for de Havilland before winning a coveted job at Apollo known as the passive seismic experiment, the solar cells were placed on the lunar surface to transmit data, measure seismic activity and physical properties of the lunar crust and interior.
Given the pressure of the mission and meaning, Mr. Wright said that Aldrin and Armstrong were composed and in good spirits.
& Neil was very laid back and straight joke, we concentrated so hard on doing our work and being able to do the job properly But thought about it afterwards, I got their signatures, he said.
. Wright said Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin entered the facility for a run. The American astronauts were shown a series of solar panels they wanted to plant on the moon, so the team all decided to sign their names on the brackets
Buzz Aldrin on moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Reflected in Aldrin's visor, Neil Armstrong takes the photograph, the US flag and "Eagle"
. Over 53 million households are set to watch this mission on television, and over 530 million viewers worldwide watched the moon landing.
Last year, the film First Man, a Neil Armstrong biopic with Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy received criticism for omitting to put a scene in showing them planting the American flag on the moon with many critics saying that it was & # 39 ; unpatriotic & # 39 ;.
Among the critics of the film is Republican late Marco Rubio from Florida who called the election "total lunacy".
Director Damien Chazelle said he did not intend to make a political statement by leaving the flag-planting moment out of the movie.
WHAT WAS THE APOLLO PROGRAM?
NASA photo taken on July 16, 1969 shows the huge 363 foot tall Apollo 11 Spacecraft 107 / Lunar Module S / Saturn 506) spacecraft launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), at 9:32 am (EDT).
Apollo was the NASA program, which was launched in 1961 and got man on the moon.
The first four flights tested the equipment for the Apollo program and six of the other seven flights managed to land on the moon.
The first manned mission to the moon was Apollo 8, which circulated around it on Christmas Eve in 1968, but did not land.
The crew of Apollo 9 spent ten days in orbit around the Earth and completed the first manned flight of the Moon module – that part of the Apollo rocket that would later land Neil Armstrong on the moon.
The Apollo 11 mission was the first to land on the moon on July 20, 1969.
The capsule landed on the Tranquility Sea, with mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon's surface while Collins remained in orbit around the moon.
When Armstrong became the first person to go on the moon, he said: "It is a small step for (a) man; a great leap to humanity."
Apollo 12 landed later that year November 19 at Stormens Ocean, NASA writes.
Apollo 13 was to be the third mission to land on the moon, but just under 56 hours in flight, an oxygen tank explosion forced the crew to interrupt moon landing and move into the Aquarius lunar module for returning to Earth
Apollo 15 was the ninth manned moon mission in the Apollo space program and then considered the most successful manned spaceflight until that moment because of its long duration and greater emphasis on scientific exploration than was possible on previous missions
The last Apollo moon landing occurred in 1972, after a total of 12 astronauts had touched the moon's surface.
Astronaut Edwin & # 39; Buzz & # 39; Aldrin unpacks experiments from the moon's moon module during the Apollo 11 mission. Photographed by Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969