Pakistan’s national flag returns from space travel

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BEIJING:

The national flag of Pakistan – taken earlier to the Chinese space station – was handed over to the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing during a special hatch opening ceremony held at the Chinese Academy of Technology on Tuesday. space (CAST).

The national flags of Pakistan and China were sent by the Chinese Space Agency (CMSA) into space to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The flags were sent aboard the Long March-2F carrier rocket on June 17, 2021 and returned via Shenzhou-12, China’s manned spacecraft after being in space for three months.

The Shenzhou-12 space mission carried three Chinese astronauts into space to build Tiangong, a Chinese space station, which is expected to be completed next year.

Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque. PHOTO: APP

Pakistan Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque, Secretary of the Chinese Academy of Space Technologies Zhao Xiaojin and other leading scientists and experts attended the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Haque congratulated CMSA, CAST and other Chinese research institutions for the success of the manned space mission.

“The space trip of the national flags of the two countries was a special demonstration of the unique friendship between Pakistan and China and a fitting way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations,” he said.

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The two sides are engaged in regular technology transfer and exchange of experts and delegations to deepen their cooperation in the field of space exploration and discovery, the envoy added.

He also said he was confident that China and Pakistan would rely more on their cooperation in space exploration in the future for common benefits and sharing of experiences.

In addition to national flags, experimental objects for scientific purposes as well as crop seeds were also transported aboard the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft.

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