WASHINGTON -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of one Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, July 25 and the launch and docking of another to the station Saturday, July 27.
The ISS Progress 50 resupply ship currently moored to the space station's Pirs docking compartment will undock at 4:44 p.m. EDT Thursday. Progress 50 arrived at the station in February, and will depart filled with trash and then burn up during reentry over the Pacific Ocean. NASA TV coverage of undocking will begin at 4:30 p.m.
The departure will clear Pirs for the arrival of ISS Progress 52, another unpiloted cargo craft loaded with almost three tons of food, fuel, supplies and experiment hardware for the six crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory. Progress 52 is scheduled to launch at 4:45 p.m. Saturday (2:45 a.m. Kazakh time Sunday, July 28) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA TV coverage of launch begins at 4:30 p.m.
Progress 52's expedited four-orbit, six-hour trip to the station will result in rendezvous and docking at 10:26 p.m. NASA TV coverage of rendezvous and docking will begin at 9:45 p.m.
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