China has become the second country in the world to fly a flag on the moon. The United States hoisted a flag on the moon more than 50 years ago and was the first country in the world to do so.
In images released by China’s National Space Administration, the Chinese flag can be seen stationary on the surface of the moon because there is no air, so the flag cannot fly.
This image was taken from China’s unmanned lunar mission ‘Change 5’, which was sent to bring rock samples from the surface of the moon. The spacecraft took the picture on Thursday before returning to Earth.
Chinese missions to the moon twice before had the Chinese flag, but it was not mounted on the surface of the moon, but was engraved on the body of the spacecraft and the vehicle used in the research mission.
China says the installation of the Chinese flag is reminiscent of the unrest and movement felt during the US Apollo 11 mission.
The Chinese flag is made of cloth and is 2 meters wide and 90 centimeters long and weighs one kilogram. Each part of the flag is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions.
China’s Change 5 mission is the third successful mission to the moon in the last seven years.
The United States was the first country in the world to fly a flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 manned lunar mission in 1969.
By 1972, several US missions had hoisted five more flags on the surface of the moon. A satellite image released by the US space agency NASA in 2012 showed five flags still in place, but experts said they had turned white due to bright sunlight.
It is said that the first flag on the moon was hoisted by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, but when the Apollo mission left for the return, the flag flew away due to the intensity of its engine.