Ukraine has decided to send its flag to the moon.
Ukraine will deliver its national flag to the Moon in 2022 as part of its first mission to the Earth's satellite, which it will carry out together with the British company Spacebit, according to the website of the Ukroboronprom state concern.
Earlier, the founder and CEO of Spacebit Pavel Tanasyuk said that Ukraine will take part in a mission to the Moon for the first time in 2022, which is organized by a British company. According to him, it is planned that during the mission to the Moon, equipment for scientific research will be delivered to the surface of the Earth's satellite, including measurements of the radiation level with a device developed in Ukraine. In addition, the British lunar rover, which will land on the moon, will use Ukrainian-made parts.
It is reported that "as part of the mission, the flag of Ukraine, printed on a 3D printer from Ukrainian titanium, will be delivered to the Earth satellite."
"It is a great honor for us to be the team thanks to which the flag of Ukraine will appear on the surface of the Moon for the first time in history and which will carry out the first Ukrainian mission to the Earth satellite. At the same time, synergy with the public sector is important in this area. We highly appreciate our cooperation with Ukroboronprom, in particular with Meridian OJSC, as well as with Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and we are open to a new partnership to jointly restore the image of Ukraine as a leading power on the world space arena" – the press service of the founder and executive director of Spacebit quotes.
The state concern's website also reported that, first of all, equipment will be sent to the Moon for soil research, testing of sampling technology, as well as collecting information about thermal properties and the magnetic field.
"First, the cargo will get to the large crater Lacus Mortis on the near side of the Moon, and then to the dark spot Oceanus Procellarum on the surface of the celestial body, which is interesting for scientists. Sensors produced at Ukrainian enterprises will collect information about the radiation background, and a special camera will broadcast a video stream from the surface. All the data obtained will be available to domestic scientists for the development of space programs. The mission is part of the NASA CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) program - a commercial program for servicing cargo to the Moon" – the press service noted.