NASA Television to Air Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking

Russian Progress cargo craft is pictured shortly before undocking from the Pirs docking compartment
The Russian Progress 72 cargo craft is pictured shortly before undocking from the Pirs docking compartment of the International Space Station on July 29, 2019. The Progress 74 spacecraft is scheduled to launch Dec. 6, 2019, and dock at the same compartment two days later.
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NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft delivering almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station beginning at 4:15 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 6.

The Russian Progress 74 is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz rocket at 4:34 a.m. (2:34 p.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The spacecraft is expected to dock to the Pirs compartment on the stations Russian segment at 5:38 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9. NASA TV coverage of rendezvous and docking will begin at 4:45 a.m.

Progress 74 will remain docked at the station for more than seven months, departing in July 2020 for its deorbit into the Earths atmosphere.

NASA and its partners have successfully supported humans living and working in space aboard the station for more than 19 years. The space station is facilitating the growth of a robust commercial market in low-Earth orbit for research, technology development, and crew and cargo transportation, and remains the sole space-based proving ground andstepping stonefor achieving the goals of NASAsArtemisprogram, which will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024.

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