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Space Station Cargo Ship Activities to Air on NASA TV

NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, July 21, and the launch and docking of its replacement Wednesday, July 23.

ISS Progress 55 arrived at the orbiting laboratory in April and will undock from the space station’s Pirs docking compartment at 5:44 p.m. EDT on July 21. NASA TV coverage of the undocking will begin at 5:30 p.m. The cargo ship will undergo several days of engineering tests in orbit before being commanded to reenter Earth’s atmosphere during which it will burn up over the Pacific Ocean.

On July 23, the ISS Progress 56 resupply ship will launch at 5:44 p.m. from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (3:44 a.m. local time on July 24), with about  5,700 pounds of food, fuel and supplies for the station’s Expedition 40 crew. Launch coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. Progress 56 will make its four-orbit, six-hour trip to the space station and dock at 11:30 p.m. Docking coverage will begin at 11 p.m.

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Rachel Kraft
Headquarters, Washington
Dan Huot
Johnson Space Center, Houston