Chang’e II Team Congratulated on Successful Lunar Orbit

A photo of a lunar crater from China's Chang'e II orbiter. (Credit: China National Space Administration)

CPC Central Committee and Central Military Commission of the State Council
Statement on Chang’e II Mission
November 8, 2010

On the occasion of lunar exploration missions Chang’e II achieved the success of the CPC Central Committee, the State Council special mission to participate in the engineering science and technology workers, cadres and workers, and PLA officers and expressed warm congratulations and cordial greetings!

China’s lunar exploration project is one of the high-tech sector’s landmark projects. Chang’e II bears the follow-up for the second phase of lunar exploration mission for the verification part of the pre-selection of key technologies and important task of landing zone imaging. Engineering tasks involved in all the comrades remember our mission, scientific objectivity, and vigorous cooperation, hard work and dedication, so that to achieve a timely launch Chang’e II, accurate orbit, directly on the transfer, successful lunar, successfully completed the established project goals and scientific goals.

Chang’e II mission is a complete success, following China’s first lunar probe successfully achieved another major success is the process of building an innovative country is another important achievement of the Chinese people to climb the peak of world science and technology is another feat For further promote the development of China’s aerospace industry to improve China’s comprehensive national strength and national cohesiveness, encouraging more high-spirited party people of all nationalities to join in the reform and opening up and socialist modernization with Chinese characteristics continue to push forward the great cause of socialism, with major and far-reaching significance. Motherland and the people thank you!

The development of deep space exploration technology, peaceful development and utilization of outer space, the unswerving pursuit of the Chinese people.  I hope you to the Party Central Committee with Comrade Hu Jintao as general secretary, under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping Theory and “Three Represents” as guidance, thoroughly implement the scientific development concept, vigorously carry forward the “two bombs and one satellite” spirit* and manned space spirit, make persistent efforts to forge ahead, to promote the “second Five-Year” period of fast economic and social development, and building a moderately prosperous society and realizing the great rejuvenation of Chinese nation and make greater contributions.

* Editor’s Note: The “two bombs and one satellite” expression dates back to the April 1970 launch of China’s first satellite, “Dongfang Hong.” The expression pays homage to the nation’s success in building atom and hydrogen bombs and launching its first satellite despite limited resources.

The space program has been closely tied to military development and is run by the Chinese military. This is a sticking point in discussions with the United States over cooperation in civilian space.