Macao residents can see cutting-edge equipment from the country’s lunar missions and learn about the careers and life stories of the nation’s top scientists at a series of events being held to promote science and bolster residents’ understanding of the country’s aerospace and scientific achievements.
The events kicked off on Wednesday with an exhibition showcasing the stories of over 160 scientists and the scientific and technological achievements of scientists from the Chinese mainland and Macao over the past decade.
The exhibition, titled (in English) Chinese Scientists Over the Last 100 Years, runs until Jan 8 at the complex of Commerce and Trade Co-operation Platform for China and Portuguese-speaking Countries.
The exhibition also features exhibits of the equipment used in China’s moon exploration missions, such as the parachutes used to slow down spacecraft.
Other activities included a stage play dramatizing the life of mainland physicist Qian Xuesen, dubbed “the father of China’s missile and space program”. The drama was performed at the University of Macao on Wednesday evening
As part of Wednesday's event, Macao students and young people also had the opportunity to speak face-to-face with mainland scientists at a seminar on the country's scientific achievements.
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Other activities included a stage play dramatizing the life of mainland physicist Qian Xuesen, dubbed “the father of China’s missile and space program”. The drama was performed at the University of Macao on Wednesday evening.
The events were co-organized by Macao Special Administrative Region and mainland authorities. The Macao government hopes the events will raise local students’ interest in scientific exploration, said Teng Sio-hong, deputy director of Macao Education and Youth Development Bureau.
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Teng said that, as Macao now has more opportunities to participate in key national scientific projects, he hopes more local young people will seize those opportunities and make greater contributions to the country and to Macao SAR.
Zhang Yuzhuo, vice-president of the China Association for Science and Technology, said in a video speech at the exhibition that he hopes the series of events will further inspire Macao society’s interests in science. He also expressed expectations for the city to play a bigger role in building the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area into a high-tech innovation hub.