<img src = “data: image / gif; base64, R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP /// yH5BAEAAAAAAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7” class = “lat lat latyn” data latent type = “iframe” data latent-src = “” alt = “A 19659003 Russian proprietor loaded with consumables, water and fuel counts down to Friday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a two-day trip to International Space Station.
Liftoff from Launch Pad No. 1 in Baikonur, the same departure point used by Yuri Gagarin on the first human space mission in 1961, is scheduled for 1814: 08 GMT (1
:14:08 EST) on Friday on top of a Soyuz rocket.  NASA TV coverage of the launch is scheduled to start at 1800 GMT (19:00 EST).
The Soyuz launch will fly in the Soyuz-FG configuration, the same variant of Russia’s most famous rocket used for liftoffs with crews on their way to the space station.
Friday’s launch will be the fourth Soyuz launch, as a booster error forced a Russian cosmonaut and a NASA astronaut to suspend the launch to the space station on October 11th, but the first flight ever since using the Soyuz-FG version.
If the Progress resupply launch is going well, the Russian space organization will give the green light for the next station’s crew launch on December 3.
The Progress MS-10 Supply vessel is scheduled to dock with the Zvezda Space Service Station around 1930 GMT (2:30 pm) EST) Sunday.
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