The most famous picture of the flag is, perhaps, when Buzz Aldrin (Buzz Aldrin), standing next to the first American flag set on the Moon. In those days, there were alarming calls. Even less than a century ago, on Earth, the planting of the national flag in another part of the world was demanding that this territory belong to this country.
There is a fair question – who owns the moon?
Of course, the approval of new national territories was very common for Europe, applied in non-European parts of the world. In particular, the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Dutch, the French and the British created huge colonial empires. Flagging became an act of establishing sovereignty, quickly settled and became universally accepted throughout the world as an integral part of the right of states.
By 1969, the disintegration of the colonial powers may have destroyed any idea that non-European parts of the world, although inhabited without being civilized, may be justifiably subordinated to European sovereignty, but there was not a single person on the moon; even life itself was absent.
However, a simple answer to the question of whether Armstrong and Aldrin turned the Moon, or at least much of it into US territory, is “no”. Neither they, nor NASA, nor the US government intended to use the US flag for this purpose.
Most importantly, this answer was enshrined in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which included both the United States and the Soviet Union, as well as all other space countries. Both superpowers agreed that “colonization” on Earth is responsible for the enormous human suffering and for the many armed conflicts that raged during the last centuries.