China Gets Ready to Launch World’s First Lunar Farside Lander

China officially announced today that it will launch Chang’e-4 on Saturday, Beijing time (Friday afternoon, Eastern Standard Time).  It will be the first spacecraft to land on the far side of the Moon, which always points away from Earth, meaning that mission controllers will not be able to communicate with it directly.  China launched a … Continue reading China Gets Ready to Launch World’s First Lunar Farside Lander