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Russia is launching a Soyuz spacecraft on a test flight to the International Space Station tonight (Aug. 21), and you can watch the action live.
The mission is uncrewed, but a humanoid robot called Skybot F-850 will occupy the commander's seat. Skybot and his ride are scheduled to lift off atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:38 p.m. EDT (0338 GMT on Aug. 22). You can watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly via the space agency.
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Soyuz spacecraft usually carry astronauts to the orbiting outpost. But this flight aims to make sure that this version of the Soyuz rocket can launch people safely — a job Russia wants it to start doing next spring.
"The Soyuz 2.1a booster, equipped with a new digital flight control system and upgraded engines, is replacing the Soyuz FG booster that has been used for decades to launch crews into space," NASA officials wrote in a statement.
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Russia's Skybot F-850 will launch toward the International Space Station on a Soyuz space capsule on Aug. 21, 2019.
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