Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivers a
speech during the unveiling ceremony of the moon image captured by China's
lunar orbiter Chang'e-1 at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in
Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 26, 2007. China published the first
picture of the moon captured by Chang'e-1 on Monday morning, marking the
success of the country's first lunar probe project. (Xinhua
Firstly, China would continue to use major scientific and technological
projects as a "tractive force" to drive research and development as well as the
application of new technologies.
"The success (of lunar probe) shows it's completely possible for China to
make breakthroughs in priority projects and win decisive battles in the
competition of new high technologies," he said.
Wen encouraged scientists and technicians participating in the project,
which began in 2004 and cost 1.4 billion yuan (187 million U.S. dollars), to
continue to strive for exploration and pursue technical innovations in a
scientific and integrated manner.
Through this project, Chinese scientists and technicians have invented and
grasped great core technologies and scored 100 percent quality assurance check
on design and manufacturing.
"The integration of bold innovation and an earnest work style is the
guarantee for the success of major scientific and technological projects," he
The Premier also said that China would continue to strengthen
multi-departmental collaboration and give respect to knowledge and talents.
As the lunar probe researchers are no more than 40 years old on average
with a number of them in their early 30's or 40's assuming the posts of chief
designers and chief commanders, Wen said that the Chinese people would be very
proud and gratified to see there was no lack of successors in the cause of
A total of 22 individuals and eight departments gained the National May 1
Medals and Diplomas from the All China Federation of Trade Unions on Monday for
their outstanding contributions to the lunar probe project. Roughly 10,000
people from 200 departments have participated in the program.
In the future, Wen said, the Chinese people were expecting first-class
research fruits based on the first-hand exploration data collected by the lunar
To commemorate the success, the China Post started to issue a special stamp
on Monday, with a face value of 1.2 yuan (about 16 U.S. cents). The stamp
designed by Wang Huming is available on market for six months.
China carried out its maiden piloted space flight in October 2003, making
it the third country in the world after the former Soviet Union and the United
States to have sent men into space. In October 2005, China completed its second
manned space flight, with two astronauts aboard the Shenzhou VI