China’s Chang’e 6 mission carried a stone flag to the moon’s far side

About that five-star red flag now in position on the far side of the moon — it’s made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that’s plentiful on the lunar surface (as well as here on Earth).

On June 2, China’s Chang’e 6 robotic lander touched down in the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin on the moon’s mysterious far side. The Chinese national flag soon unfurled from the firmly footed Chang’e 6 lander/ascender.


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