HOUSTON – NASA Television will provide live coverage during a busy International Space Station traffic pattern, when one cargo spacecraft departs and another arrives.
The European Space Agency’s “Johannes Kepler” Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV2) is scheduled to undock from the station’s Zvezda service module port at 9:48 a.m. CDT on Monday, June 20, and will burn up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
ATV2, the second unpiloted European cargo ship, delivered seven tons of food and supplies and is supporting a series of reboosts to raise the station’s orbit. It has been linked to the station since February. NASA TV will incorporate coverage of the undocking into the “ISS Update” hour, which will air at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
The next day, the Russian Progress 43 cargo ship will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:38 a.m. (8:38 p.m. Baikonur time), carrying nearly three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the six-person Expedition 28 crew. The launch will be part of the NASA TV “ISS Update” that day, which will air at 9 a.m. NASA TV will provide live coverage of the Progress docking beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 23.
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