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NASA TV to Air Launch, Docking of Russian Space Station Cargo Ship

Progress 72 at ISS
Earth’s atmospheric glow is back-dropped by a starry Milky Way as the International Space Station orbited 258 miles above Myanmar during an orbital nighttime pass on July 11, 2019. The Progress 72 resupply ship and the Pirs docking compartment with its lit airlock window silhouette the background. Credits: NASA

A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station Wednesday, July 31. Live coverage of the resupply craft’s launch and docking will begin at 7:45 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The Progress 73 spacecraft will lift off at 8:10 a.m., on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (5:10 p.m. Baikonur time) loaded with almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the residents of the orbiting laboratory.

The spacecraft will arrive at the station three hours after launch and connect to the Pirs docking compartment on the Russian segment of the complex. Rendezvous and docking coverage will begin at 10:45 a.m., with docking scheduled for 11:35 a.m.

The spacecraft will remain at the orbital outpost until mid-December.

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Kathryn Hambleton
Headquarters, Washington
Gary Jordan
Johnson Space Center, Houston