Saturday, December 5, 2020

China Plants Flag on the Moon

China becomes the second nation to have planted its flag on the Moon, more than 50 years after the US first planted the Stars and Stripes there. 

The pictures from China's National Space Administration show the five-starred Red Flag holding still on the windless lunar surface. They were taken by a camera on the space probe before it left the Moon with rock samples on Thursday. 

The Chang'e-5 mission is China's third successful landing on the Moon in seven years. Two previous Chinese lunar missions (Chang'e 3 in 2013 and Chang'e 4 in 2019) only had flags on the crafts' coatings – not an actual fabric flag on a pole.

Of course, this is no ordinary flag – otherwise, it wouldn’t survive the lunar environment:


The US planted the first flag on the Moon during the manned Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Five further US flags were planted on the lunar surface during subsequent missions up until 1972.

In case, some of you are still wondering what the fuss between Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison and China is all about:

[If you still don't know what I'm talking about, kindly read my two posts dated December 01 & 03 titled "Soldier Depiction Angers Australia" and "An Artist's Response to Scott Morrison" respectively].

Celtic, with just one point from five Group H matches, already knew they could not progress prior to kick-off in this Europa league match against AC Milan on Thursday. 

Still, impressive finishes from Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard had struggling Celtic in control after 14 minutes following a vibrant start by Neil Lennon's under-pressure side. 

But the good start was undermined by poor defending and the Italian side scored four goals (24, 26, 50, 82) which put them into the last 32 with a game to spare. 

Anyway, Celtic will aim to keep pace with Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers when they host St Johnstone on Sunday, followed by their last group match at home to Lille on Thursday.

It's hard to know what's more uncomfortable these days – watching Celtic attempting to defend their own goal or listening to Neil Lennon trying to find positives in performances where there aren't many, or any. The champions' dramatic descent is making things truly desperate now.

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