China's spacecraft Chang'e 5 successfully landed on the Moon late Tuesday to collect samples in a procedure that is expected to take two days, before embarking on its return to Earth.

In a statement published on its website Wednesday, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said that Chang'e 5 touched down on the Moon's surface at 11:11 pm on Dec. 1 at the preselected landing area near 51.8 degrees west longitude and 43.1 degrees north latitude. EFE-EPA