How a Nottingham engineer got a union jack on the Moon
A British engineer has revealed for the first time how he got a union jack on the Moon.
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 the 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 it afterwards I did get their signatures."
Armstrong was watched by about 500 million people when he stepped onto the Moon's surface, in the Sea of Tranquility, after leaving the Eagle landing craft.
The astronaut famously said: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
He was later joined on the surface by Buzz Aldrin and the pair planted the Stars and Stripes flag - before deploying the equipment with the small doodled union jack.