China to launch historic mission to the moon’s far side – AOL News

China is set to launch the world’s first mission to the far side of the moon. Its Chang’e 4 robotic spacecraft is scheduled to lift off Friday at around 1:30 p.m. ET (2:30 a.m. in China, on Saturday, Dec. 8), Space.com reported.The spacecraft will launch atop a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Plans call for Chang’e 4, which carries both a lander and a lunar rover, to touch down on the moon in early January.

Source: China to launch historic mission to the moon’s far side – AOL News

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