Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 5 June 2024

China unfurls its second flag on the Moon before Chang’e-6 spacecraft starts its journey back to Earth carrying the first rocky samples from the lunar surface’s far side

China‘s Chang’e-6 has unfurled the first flag on the dark side of the moon, before beginning its return journey to Earth.

Before departing, the rover also collected the very first samples of rock and soil from the side of the moon that always faces away from us.

The ascender lifted off at 00:38 BST Tuesday and transferred the samples to a reentry craft which should land in the deserts of Inner Mongolia around June 25.

Their successful return would not only mark an enormous leap forward for China’s space program, but could also reveal the secrets of the moon’s ancient history.

Because the moon has an ‘Earth-centered’ orbit, the ‘dark’ side always faces away from the Earth, making it an extremely challenging place to land spacecraft.

Chang’e 6 left Earth aboard a Long March 5 rocket on May 3, 2024, and began its descent to the lunar surface on Sunday.

China National Space Administration (CNSA) said in a statement that Chang’e-6 ‘withstood the test of high temperature on the far side of the moon’.

This mission was particularly challenging since the lander could not rely on direct communication with the Earth while on the moon’s far side.

To stay in touch with the craft, the CNSA used Queqiao-2, a 1,200kg (2,645 lbs) relay satellite put into orbit in March to bounce signals back to Earth.

The lander touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, an 8-mile (13km) deep impact crater believed to have been formed more than 14 billion years ago.

As one of the oldest impact craters on the lunar surface, rock samples collected from here could provide scientists with precious information about the moon’s early formation.

Chang’e 6 has the ability to drill 2m (6.6 feet) into the lunar surface and can hold up to 2kg (4.4 lbs) of lunar material for return to Earth.

Beyond its scientific importance, the mission is also a symbolic step forward for China’s ambitious national space program.

Before departing the rover raised a Chinese flag, the second Chinese flag to fly on the moon – joining six American flags placed during the Apollo moon missions between 1969 and 1972.

Unlike the flags placed during the Apollo missions Chang’e 6’s small flag emerged on a retractable arm deployed from the side of the lunar lander and was not placed onto the lunar soil, according to an animation of the mission released by the agency.

Read More: China unfurls its second flag on the Moon before Chang’e-6 spacecraft starts its journey back to Earth

The Dream

From our advertisers