Five Star Red Flag Lights up the Moon

jade rabbit on moonXinhua reports:

China announces Chang’e-3 mission “complete success”

BEIJING, Dec. 15 — China hailed its Chang’e-3 lunar probe mission “a complete success” Sunday night, after its first moon rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, and lander took photos of each other on lunar surface.

The one-minute photographing, a day after the country finished its first lunar soft landing, showed that both the lander and moon rover functioned well and marked the completion of soft landing, in-situ and patrol explorations, said Pei Zhaoyu, spokesman for China’s lunar probe program.

Ma Xingrui, chief commander of the lunar program, declared the success of Chang’e-3 mission at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC), where Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang were present.

In a congratulatory message sent by the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the State Council, and the Central Military Commission, the success of Chang’e-3 mission was hailed as a “milestone” in the development of China’s space programs, a “new glory” of the Chinese people in their exploration of the frontiers of science and technology and “outstanding contribution” of the Chinese nation in the mankind’s peaceful use of the space.

Xinhua produced a special Chinese language Chang’e-3 lunar probe feature for the event, including an article titled Five Star Red Flag Lights Up the Moon 五星红旗闪耀月球.