Chinese apparatus “Chang’e-5” in the evening of December 3 successfully launched from the surface of the moon.
“Chang’e-5 moonlighted in the Storm Ocean on December 1. Within two days, the spacecraft collected samples of lunar soil, then took off from the surface and headed towards the Earth.
Before leaving the satellite, the spacecraft unfurled the flag of China on the Moon. As noted by CGTN TV channel, for the first time in three lunar missions, China installed a flag of cloth on the satellite. It was made of specially designed composite material – ordinary cloth on the Moon quickly fades and decomposes due to strong electromagnetic radiation and temperature differences.
If the mission to bring samples to Earth is successful, China will become the third country after the USA and the Soviet Union to take samples of lunar soil. No such attempts have been made since 1976.