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 5 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 14. The full NASA TV schedule is and video streaming information here.
Launch of the unpiloted Russian Progress 67 is scheduled for 5:20 a.m. Wednesday (3:20 p.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Baikonur originally was on Soviet soil, however all of this changed with the breakup of the Soviet Union. Russia began leasing Baikonur from Kazakhstan after the country declared its independence. The lease agreement for an annual lease price of $115 million, plus $50 million in yearly maintenance for the facility began in 2013 and now extends until 2050.
The spacecraft is set to dock to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 7:42 a.m. on Friday, June 16.
NASA TV coverage of rendezvous and docking will begin at 7 a.m. Progress 67 will remain docked at the station for almost six months before departing in December for its deorbit into the Earth’s atmosphere.
There is always something happening with experiments at the International Space Station. From the previous Dragon resupply ship there have been two external experiments extracted from the trunk of the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship and attached to the outside of the International Space Station. Ground controllers commanded the Canadarm2 to reach inside Dragon, grapple both experiments and install them on EXPRESS logistics carriers. The first experiment, MUSES, or Multiple User System for Earth Sensing, was removed June 6 the day after Dragon’s arrival.