Union Jack On The Moon Thanks To An Engineer From Nottingham

Posted on April 5, 2019

Keith Wright, from Nottingham, worked for Nasa during Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic Apollo 11 landing on 16 July 1969.
Mr Wright said he worked with scientific equipment, which he knew would be left on the Moon.
He told The One Show that along with his signature he sketched the UK’s flag on part of a solar panel. Mr Wright told presenter Carol Vorderman he left penned-tribute on the bracket of a solar-panelled piece of equipment. He was employed by the de Havilland engine company to work on the Blue Streak rocket, ahead of moving to the US, in 1967. At the Kennedy Space Centre Mr Wright worked as an engineer on equipment the crew would be leaving on the Moon.
“We had Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin come to our facility and we ran through the experiments employment that they would do on the Moon,” he said.
“Neil was very relaxed and quite jokey, we were concentrating so hard that it almost seemed normal, but thinking about afterwards I did get their signatures.”

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