HOUSTON, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast the departure of one Russian Progress cargo ship from the International Space Station (ISS) and the arrival of another beginning on Thursday, April 19.
ISS Progress 46, which arrived at the station in January and has been filled with trash for disposal, will undock from the Pirs docking compartment at 6:03 a.m. CDT April 19. Russian flight controllers will command the resupply ship to leave the station for several days of tests, then send it to burn up in the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. NASA TV coverage of undocking will begin at 5:45 a.m.
At 7:50 a.m. on April 20, the ISS Progress 47 cargo craft will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, loaded with 2.5 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the six crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory. NASA TV coverage of launch will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and his five crewmates will monitor events as the Progress 47 automatically docks to the Pirs docking compartment at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, April 22. NASA TV coverage of the Progress's arrival at the station will begin at 9 a.m.
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