The departure makes way for the arrival of the next Progress, 47P, which will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 14:50 CEST (12:50 UT) tomorrow, 20 April. 47P is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Sunday 22 April at 16:40 CEST (14:50 UT).
NASA TV will show the launch live, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/ntv
The Russian Progress spacecraft is an automated, unmanned version of the Soyuz spacecraft used to launch the ISS crew. Like Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle, the Progress brings supplies such as food, clothes, water and fuel to the Station. After unloading the new supplies, the crew fills the Progress with trash items, waste water and unused equipment. After undocking, the Progress and it’s contents burn up during reentry in Earth’s atmosphere.