People look at Chinese rockets models at the Space Exploration Gallery in Penang, Malaysia, Aug. 4, 2018. (Xinhua/Zhu Wei)
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian people in the northern state of Penang were able to have a close look at the models of the rockets and spacecraft used in China's space missions such as the Yutu moon rover with the opening of the Space Exploration Gallery on Saturday.
The six models, including four in the Long March rocket family, the Chang'e 3 lunar lander and Yutu lunar rover, were donated by the China Science and Technology Museum with an estimated value of half a million ringgit (123,000 U.S. dollars).
Chang'e 3 lunar lander, which landed on the Moon and deployed the Yutu rover in 2013, made China the third country to have soft-landed on the Moon, following the United States and the former Soviet Union.
The Long March rockets are the most widely-used rockets in Chinese space missions.
Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who personally pushed for the donation when he was the chief minister of Penang two years ago, thanked the Chinese side in his speech on Saturday.
He said the Malaysian government values its relations with China and will continue to support China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.
Chinese Consul-General in Penang Lu Shiwei said the six models symbolize the good relations between the two countries and will further strengthen the bond.
While rapidly developing its space aerospace industry, China is willing to share related experience with other countries in the region, he added.