Taken by NASA
The year is 1969 and the United States is locked in an intense ideological conflict with the face of communism The USSR. However this conflict is much different than traditional battles because instead of launching rockets at each other, the two adversaries fire them straight into space. The space race was one of the more defining events of this Cold War and after The USSR made it into space first with Sputnik there was no way America was going to be second to the moon.
Here we see the image of that victory. Buzz Aldrin stands tall in front of a proudly planted american flag where no person had ever been before and where so many had dreamed of being. He salutes not to inspire the americans who had been holding their breaths for the entirety of the operation, but instead to show the dominance of US over USSR, democracy over communism. Not only do the colors of the american flag stand out vividly against the stark lunar background but also the gold foil on the landing module showing the advancements in American technology.
All in all this image is specially crafted to ensile fear and awe in those who had ever doubted the might of the United States and to prove that we are a force to be reckoned with. If an american can stand in a proud salute on the surface of the moon who knows what else we are capable of