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China becomes second country to put national flag on moon


China has become the world’s second country to have planted a flag on the moon after the United States.

More than 50 years ago, the US first planted the Stars and Stripes on the moon.

China sent its Chang’e-5 spacecraft to the moon from Beijing at 11.10pm Beijing time (3.10pm GMT) on Thursday, said the state broadcaster CCTV, as mission engineers watching control screens applauded at length.

The country’s National Space Administration released pictures of its five-starred red flag hoisted on the surface of the moon.

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