Watch live: China will launch the Chang’e 6 mission to the far side of the moon early May 3 (video)

China will launch its next robotic moon mission on Friday (May 3), and you can watch the action live.

A Long March 5 rocket carrying the Chang’e 6 sample return mission to the moon on the other side is expected to launch between 5:17 a.m. EDT (0917 GMT) and 6:18 a.m. EDT (1018 GMT) on Friday. The mission will launch from China’s Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the tropical island province of Hainan, off the southeastern coast of mainland China.