“Pursuing dreams, daring to explore, cooperating in tackling difficulties and win-win cooperation”. On December 17, 2020, after 23 days of tests, the return capsule of Chang'e 5 probe returned to the earth with lunar samples, marking a complete success of the Chang'e-5 lunar mission. General Secretary Xi Jinping highly affirmed the outstanding achievements of aerospace personnel and summarized the spirit of lunar exploration for the first time.
“We can clasp the moon in the Ninth Heaven.” This is the dream and courage of the Chinese people. From Chang'e-1 lunar mission,the beginning of China's lunar exploration program, to Chang'e-3 lunar probe landing on the moon with China’s first moon rover Yutu, to Chang'e-5 lunar probe, which brings back the samples collected from the moon, China has fulfilled the three-step lunar exploration program of “orbiting and landing, and sample returning” as scheduled, marking a great step forward in China's space industry. In 2004, China's lunar exploration program was officially approved. Over the past 17 years, generations of scientists have promoted the lunar exploration spirit of “pursuing dreams, daring to explore, cooperating in tackling difficulties and win-win cooperation”, paving the Chinese people’s lunar exploration road.
Great achievements are the result of great dreams and doers' courage and wisdom. Old scientists such as Sun Jiadong, Luan Enjie and Ye Peijian still keep space exploration on their mind; Wu Weiren, Yang Mengfei and a number of aerospace experts have been working hard to forge ahead;Zhang He, Zhang Yuhua and a group of female space scientists played an important role in "supporting half of the sky of researching Chang’e lunar probe" with no less effort than men. Generations of aerospace personnel have illustrated the lunar exploration spirit with their actions step by step. New breakthroughs were made at every step, and each step has laid a solid foundation for the next step. It will take more than drum beating and gong clanging to succeed. Only with innovation as base, through hard work and continuous pursuit will we achieve results.
Looking up at the starry sky, we hold fast to our dreams; standing on solid ground, we make efforts for stable and long-term development. Exploring the space with the lunar exploration spirit and forging ahead through hard work, the footprints of the Chinese people will surely reach the vaster sea of stars, and the Chinese people will certainly realize dreams through hard running and continuing efforts.