The Progress 62 cargo vehicle blasts off aboard a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An unpiloted version of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft known as the ISS Progress 62 cargo resupply vehicle blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday (December 21) to travel to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said. The resupply vehicle functions as an unpiloted space ship carrying 2.8 tons of food, supplies and fuel to the crew aboard the ISS, NASA said on its website. The rocket reached preliminary orbit some ten minutes after lift off. NASA said Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim Kopra will conduct an unplanned spacewalk later on Monday to move a transporter rail car on the ISS so that spacecraft 62 can successfully lock into place come docking on Wednesday (December 23). The launch comes less than a week after another Soyuz spacecraft successfully delivered Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko, American NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, and British astronaut Tim Peake to the International Space Station. Peake, 43, a former army major who is on a six-month mission for the European Space Agency (ESA), became the first astronaut representing the British government and wearing a Union Jack flag on his arm. The first Briton in space was Helen Sharman, who traveled on a Soviet spacecraft for eight days in 1991. NASA TV planned to air live coverage of both Monday's unplanned spacewalk and Wednesday's docking.