China’s Chang’e-5 moon capsule has finally returned back to Earth after landing in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, according to Xinhua Net, China’s official news agency.
Not only did Chang’e-5 return safely back to Earth, but it managed to bring back the first lunar samples in over 40 years. The probe landed in Dorbod, a banner of Inner Mongolia, in the early hours of the morning on 17 December, Xinhua Net reported.
The Chang’e-5 moon spacecraft initially set off on its mission to the moon on 24 November, before touching down on the lunar surface on 2 December.
Take a look at Chinese officials assessing the probe after it returned back to Earth below:
The success of this mission makes China only the third nation to ever retrieve samples from the moon. Both the United States and the Soviet Union were the last countries to do so 44 years ago.
The Chang’e 5 mission was quite historic for a number of reasons. Along with being the first nation to collect Lunar samples in four decades, the mission also represented China’s first liftoff from an extraterrestrial body, as well as its first rendezvous in lunar orbit.
The return capsule of China’s Chang’e-5 probe brings back the country’s first samples collected from the moon, also the world’s freshest lunar samples in over 40 years https://t.co/IXcJ5Nj1dV pic.twitter.com/wBmyOUqofO
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) December 17, 2020