NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft Progress 74, delivering three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station, the agency said.
The broadcast will begin at 4:15 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 6. The Russian Progress 74 is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft is expected to dock to the Pirs compartment on the station´s Russian segment at 5:38 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9.
NASA and its partners have supported humans living and working in space aboard the station for more than 19 years. The space station is facilitating the growth of a commercial market in low-Earth orbit for research, technology development, and crew and cargo transportation, and remains the sole space-based proving ground and stepping stone for achieving the goals of NASA´s Artemis program, which will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024.