Rocket man

Former NASA engineer Tom Moser dreams about launching the next generation of spacecraft from Texas soil

But the aluminum extension rod had been applied with an anti-corrosive coating that did not take well to the vacuum-like atmosphere of the moon. When the astronauts tried to pull the rod to its full extension, it stuck. And that's why the flag on the moon looks as if it's waving in the breeze, even though the moon has no wind--the flag could not be stretched to its full extension along the stuck aluminum rod. "After that, we made sure all of the flags looked exactly the same way," Moser says. But the first one was an error.

Again, what looked like disaster for Tom Moser turned out OK. His plans worked out just fine. He's counting on that happening again, with all of Texas watching.

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