A Russian spacecraft has landed on the moon after successfully testing the first-ever use of its 5th-wheel landing system.
The spacecraft was launched on a Soyuz-2.1a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Nov. 19 and successfully touched down on the lunar surface at 4:19 p.m. local time.
The landing was the third of its kind for Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft and the fifth of its sorties since the country became a member of the International Space Station in 2011.
The mission marked the third time in the last eight years that a Russian spacecraft landed on a Moon landing site, and the first time that a U.S. spacecraft landed.
Soyuz has become the only commercial crewed spacecraft to have landed on both the Moon and Mars.