NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming launch and docking of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft, Progress 62, to the International Space Station. NASA TV coverage of the Monday, Dec. 21 launch will begin at 3:30 a.m. EST.
The ISS Progress 62 cargo ship is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:44 a.m. (2:44 p.m. Baikonur time) on a two-day trip to deliver more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the station’s Expedition 46 crew.
Progress 62 is scheduled to dock to the station at 5:31 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. Docking coverage will begin at 5 a.m.
The two-day rendezvous was deliberately planned to enable Russian flight controllers to test new software and communications equipment on the vehicle that will be standard for future Progress and piloted Soyuz spacecraft.
The Progress will spend more than six months at the station before departing in early July 2016 for its deorbit into the Earth’s atmosphere during which it will burn up over the Pacific Ocean.
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