China Preps for Launch of Historic Mission to Moon’s Far Side on Friday

By Leonard David China is getting set to launch the first-ever surface mission to the moon’s far side. The robotic Chang’e 4 mission is scheduled to launch atop a Long March 3B rocket on Friday (Dec. 7) at around 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT; 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 local China time). If all goes according to …