China is the Second Country to Plant the Flag on the Moon

China is the Second Country to Plant the Flag on the Moon

China was the second country to plant a flag on the moon, more than fifty years after American astronauts launched their first Stars and Stripes there. It symbolizes Chinese ambitions in space.

 

The flag appears to have been planted during the mission of the unmanned space probe Chang’e-5. Photos from the Chinese space authorities show the red flag with five stars standing still on the windless lunar surface, British broadcaster BBC reports.

A camera took the images on the Chang’e-5, which left the moon on Thursday with samples from the bottom.

The US planted the first flag on the moon throughout the human-crewed Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Five other US flags followed. In 2012, satellite images showed that five of the flags were still standing, but experts say the sunlight likely totally bleached them.

The first flag, astronaut Buzz Aldrin said, was placed too close to the Apollo lunar module and was likely blown away when the module took off.

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