Hell Yeah, We’re Going to the Far Side of the Moon

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The far side of the Moon. Image: NASA/Apollo 16

China is gearing up to attempt the first landing on the far side of the Moon in history.

The Chang’e 4 mission, which includes a lander and a rover but no humans, will blast off on a Long March 3B rocket on Friday at around 1:30 PM ET, or early morning Saturday at China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center. It will take 27 days for the spacecraft to position itself for its landing sequence. If all goes well, Chang’e 4 will make its historic touchdown in the Von Kármán impact crater during the first week of 2019.

The landing will mark the first time humanity has ever landed anything on

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