China's moon probe returns to Earth

The return capsule touched down in the Siziwang, or Dorbod, banner of Inner Mongolia, in the early hours of Thursday (December 17) local time, Xinhua news agency said, citing the China National Space Administration.

China launched the Chang'e-5 spacecraft on November 24 and landed a vehicle on the moon at the start of December.

The success of the mission would make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples after the United States and the Soviet Union, who 44 years ago launched the last successful mission to retrieve samples.