NASA is broadcasting live three spectacular space events today



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We have two rocket launches to wait for, as well as a moon arrival and an asteroid accident controlled by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Launch of Progress 72

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress 72 cargo ship was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 13:01 South Africa Standard Time (SAST).

The Progress cargo ship will take about three hours to reach the ISS, where it will be docked with the Russian Pirs module at 16:25 SAST.

Progress 72 will make two orbits around the Earth. The freighter is transporting food, fuel and other supplies to the crew of astronauts on Expedition 59, currently stationed at ISS. NASA adds:

"Progress will orbit the Earth twice and then meet the station, where it will dock in the docking bay of the Pirs in the Russian segment of the complex. […] The spacecraft will remain at the orbital station until the end of July.

Watch: The official stream for NASA TV

Launch of the Arianespace Soyuz rocket

At 18:30 SAST, ArianeSpace will launch its Soyuz rocket into space. The spacecraft will take four communications satellites 03b in orbit to the satellite communications provider, SES.

The four satellites 03b will join 16 other satellites already in orbit to the growing SES constellation to provide video and data connectivity to customers in the ground.

The stream will be activated approximately 20 minutes before launch and can be viewed on ArianeSpace.

Watch: Overview of the Soyuz Flight VS22 mission

Fireworks asteroids

Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will make history with its Hayabusa2 mission today. JAXA will launch a projectile into the Ryugu asteroid, and the impact will form an artificial crater.

The mission was designed to help scientists better understand the interior of the asteroid. The spacecraft will be equipped with a camera that will be released one kilometer before impacting the asteroid.

Once the projectile hits the surface of the asteroid, the ground control will deploy the explosives on board. The detonation will increase the speed of the impactor to 2 kilometers per second in a fraction of a second, creating a new crater in Ryugu.

Scientists are hoping to return Hayabusa to Earth in one piece. If all goes well, they can bring samples of rocks and debris.

The broadcast will be posted at 3:00 am on Friday, April 5. NASA will air the event on its official NASA TV channel. Alternatively, get it on JAXA's live stream below.

Watch: Hayabusa2 live operation

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