Our Views: A success for mankind

Go, Jade Rabbit, go!

The moon lander from the People’s Republic of China is the first soft landing on the lunar surface for 37 years. The lander will examine the site for a year, surveying the moon’s structure and looking for natural resources.

The landing in the Bay of Rainbows is the precursor to what Chinese officials hope will be an eventual manned landing on the moon.

Only the United States and the former Soviet Union have previously landed spacecraft on the moon. It is a great achievement, whatever one might think of the policies of the communist government of mainland China.

It is a benefit for mankind to explore the heavens. The Chinese people and government deserve congratulation for this advance.