HONG KONG, Oct. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A number of Hong Kong elite said Monday that the successful launch and smooth return of the Shenzhou-6 spacecraft is "marvelous" and they wished China's spacecause move ahead by leap and bounds.
Hong Kong Legislative Council President Rita Fan told Xinhua reporters that the great achievements in China's space cause were made by all personnel who have participated in the Shenzhou-6 space mission. She expected the success of Shenzhou-7 and Shenzhou-8 would come soon.
Since Chief Executive Donald Tsang has invited astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng to visit Hong Kong, Fan believed that the Hong Kong people will cherish this face-to-face contact with the astronauts.
"Our astronauts were strong in will, cool in work and had successfully fulfiled all kinds of experiments in the space. They have greatly encouraged the Hong Kong youth to study and work hard," Fan said.
President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Paul C W Chu said he was doing lecture exchanges in Taiwan when the Shenzhou-6 spacecraft was successfully launched. All of his friends and colleges in Taiwan were quite excited about the news. He believed that the successful launch and smooth return of the Shenzhou-6 spacecraft will exert far-reaching influence in China'sscience, technology, economy, society and many other areas.
President of Hong Kong Polytechnic University Poon Chung-kwong said he was extremely proud of the Shenzhou-6 spacecraft mission, which represented a marvelous advancement in scientific and technological development. Since researchers of the university hadever participated in the project of the European Space Agency -- "Exploring the Mars", Pan said they are earnestly expecting to make contribution to the motherland's space cause in the future.
Chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong KongMa Lik said the successful launch and return of the Shenzhou-6 spacecraft mark a great progress in China's science and technology. As a Chinese in Hong Kong, he felt proud of the achievement. As Hong Kong is in its economic rebound, Hong Kong people should learn from the astronauts' spirit and try their bestto build a better Hong Kong. He expected to share the joy with theastronauts in Hong Kong.
Chairman of the Goldlion Holdings Ltd., Tsang Hin Chi, who donated 100 million Hong Kong dollars (12.9 million US dollars) toestablish the Space Scientific Research Fund in 2003, said he had prayed for the Shenzhou-6 spacecraft since it was launched. He could hardly hold back his joy and excitement when he knew the smooth return of the two heroic astronauts in the early morning. He believed that the growing strength of the nation and the hi-tech development will help China safeguard world peace.