Chang’e 5 Probe
China’s Chang’e 5 probe, which was launched on 24th November this year, is preparing to execute soft landing on the moon. This probe mission is China’s first sample collection mission from an extraterrestrial body. It is also the world’s first moon-sample mission after more than four decades. The last such mission was Luna 24 of 1976. If the on-going mission succeeds, China would become the third country in the world to bring back samples from the moon after the US and the USSR.