Great moon mis­sion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - EDITORIALS

THE SUC­CESS­FUL LAND­ING OF THE CHENG’E 3 probe on the moon on Satur­day and the smooth sep­a­ra­tion of the Jade Rab­bit lu­nar rover from the lan­der on Sun­day make China the third coun­try to own such space tech­nol­ogy af­ter the for­mer Soviet Union and the United States.

Yet, the sig­nif­i­cance of such space tech­nol­ogy goes far be­yond earn­ing the coun­try the name of a tech­no­log­i­cal pow­er­house.

And it moves the coun­try closer to greater co­op­er­a­tion with the space pro­grams of other coun­tries for the fur­ther ex­plo­ration of space for the well-be­ing of peo­ple around the world.

Given the rapid in­crease in the global pop­u­la­tion and the dwin­dling of many re­sources, break­throughs in the ex­plo­ration of space and the peace­ful use of the re­sources on the moon or Mars might be a choice mankind has to make in the near fu­ture.

China has been mak­ing ef­forts in this re­gard for the past more than three decades. That it has suc­cess­fully sent its own rover to the moon on its own speaks vol­umes for what it has achieved in space tech­nol­ogy.

But it is never enough for a sin­gle coun­try or just a cou­ple of coun­tries to con­duct space mis­sions.

As Chi­nese lead­ers have re­it­er­ated time and again, China’s rise will be peace­ful and the coun­try’s ex­plo­ration of space will also be peace­ful.

So what the coun­try has achieved and the foun­da­tion it has laid for mak­ing fur­ther break­throughs in this re­gard bodes well for the world’s joint ef­forts to peace­fully ex­plore the universe in the near fu­ture.

Do­mes­ti­cally, cit­i­zens should re­al­ize the large sums of money that are used to de­velop the space tech­nol­ogy are not be­ing spent on a van­ity project. Ev­ery spe­cific tech­nol­ogy and tech­nique to de­velop the Chang’e 3 and the Jade Rab­bit rover and send them to the moon has pro­foundly con­sol­i­dated the strength of the na­tion’s sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.

And the ap­pli­ca­tion of th­ese tech­nolo­gies to the pro­duc­tion of con­sumer prod­ucts will greatly pro­mote the coun­try’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try.

The painstak­ing ef­forts that many sci­en­tists and tech­ni­cians in this field have made and the de­vo­tion they have dis­played to their work should also en­cour­age and in­spire their coun­ter­parts in other fields.

The sig­nif­i­cance of this moon mis­sion is re­ally be­yond es­ti­ma­tion.

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