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China plants a high-tech flag on the moon

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hina became the second nation to plant a flag on the moon, when the Chang'e 5
moon lander deployed the high-tech aramid fiber flag on Dec. 3, 2020.
According to Space.com, the 2-meter-by-90-centimeter flag weighs just
0.4 ounces (12 grams) and is designed to " maintain its true colors " under a
temperature difference of plus or minus 270 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees
Celsius). The flag display system consists of three parts: the flag, a compression
release device and a small pyrotechnic deployment mechanism. It unfolds like a
scroll and is designed to lie flat and be wrinkle-free. The flag was deployed from
the moon lander's body and not planted in the gray dirt.
" An ordinary national flag on Earth would not survive the severe lunar
environment, " project developer Cheng Chang told the Global Times.
Taihe New Materials of Yantai, Shandong province, and Wuhan Textile University
collaborated to develop " a new type of high-performance composite material, "
according to SportsTextiles.com. The university led thermal compatibility, high and
low temperature resistance, anti-static and anti-lunar dust trials to develop the fiber,
utilizing an efficient short process embedded composite spinning technology.

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Unfolded like a scroll, China's hightech lunar flag holds still on the
moon's windless surface. In December
2020, China became the second nation
to plant a flag on the moon, after the
U.S. in 1969. Photo: China National
Space Administration/China Lunar
Exploration Program.

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