Watch China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft land on the moon in this amazing video

A spectacular video from China’s Chang’e 5 lander spacecraft revealsits successful touchdown on the moon as it  softly set down to collect the first lunar samples in 44 years.

The 49-second, sped-up video was captured by a camera underneath the Chang’e 5 lander as it passed over the vast Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms“) while aiming for a safe landing site on Tuesday  (Dec. 1). The black-and-white footage shows peaks on the horizon before the spacecraft moves into a vertical position to begin its powered descent onto the surface. Another video, released by China’s CCTV news network, shows Chang’e 5’s sample-collection arm drilling into the lunar surface as it collected samples. (We combined them into one in the video above.)

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China's Chang'e 5 moon lander captures these views of its descent to the lunar surface on Dec. 1, 2020.

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China's Chang'e 5 moon lander captures these views of its descent to the lunar surface on Dec. 1, 2020.

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China's Chang'e 5 moon lander captures these views of its descent to the lunar surface on Dec. 1, 2020.

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