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Russia is launching a cargo ship to the International Space Station today. Watch it live!

A Soyuz rocket stands ready to launch the Progress 75 cargo resupply ship to the International Space Station.
A Soyuz rocket stands ready to launch the Progress 75 cargo resupply ship to the International Space Station. (Image credit: RSC Energia)

Russia will launch a cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station today (April 24), and you can watch the launch and docking live online.

The uncrewed Progress 75 cargo resupply ship will lift off on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan tonight at 9:51 p.m. EDT (0151 GMT on April 25). It is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting laboratory on Saturday (April 25) at 1:12 a.m. EDT (0512 GMT), about three hours after liftoff. 

NASA TV will provide live coverage of the launch beginning at 9:30 p.m. EDT (0130 GMT); live coverage of the spacecraft's arrival at the International Space Station will begin on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT). You can watch it live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV, or directly through the agency's livestream.

Related: How Russia's Progress spaceships work (infographic)

Loaded inside the cargo vessel are nearly three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the three-person crew of Expedition 63, which includes NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The spacecraft will spend about seven months docked with the orbiting laboratory. It is scheduled to depart in December, when it will burn up in Earth's atmosphere. 

There are currently two additional cargo resupply ships docked with the station. A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft, called NG-13, arrived at the station in February and is scheduled to depart in mid-May. Russia's Progress 74 spacecraft, which launched in December, will remain docked at the station until July. 

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Hanneke Weitering

SPACE.COM ASSOCIATE EDITOR — Hanneke joined the team at Space.com in August 2016 as a staff writer and producer. She has previously written for Scholastic, MedPage Today, Scienceline and Oak Ridge National Lab. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her home town of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. 

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  • Postman1
    A great launch. My first time to see a Russian launch and it was better than I had even hoped for. Thank y'all for airing it!
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