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Video provided by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows a clip taken by the camera aboard the lander-ascender combination of Chang'e-5 spacecraft during its landing process. (CNSA/Handout via Xinhua)

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- China's Chang'e-5 spacecraft successfully landed on the near side of the moon late Tuesday and sent back images, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.

During the landing process, the cameras aboard the lander took images of the landing area, said the CNSA.

Photo provided by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows an image taken by the panoramic camera aboard the lander-ascender combination of Chang'e-5 spacecraft after landing on the moon, on Dec. 2, 2020. (CNSA/Handout via Xinhua)

Under ground-control, the lander carried out a series of status checks and settings, preparing for around 48 hours of work on the surface of the moon.

Scientific instruments installed on the lander include cameras to survey the landing site and sampling area, an infrared spectrometer to detect the material composition of the sampling area, and equipment to probe subsurface structure.

About 2 kg of samples is expected to be collected and sealed in a container.

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