Science Channel and NASA TV airing live coverage of Scott Kelly space launch

This Friday, March 27, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and crew will launch on their one year in space at the International Space Station (ISS). Science Channel, via NASA TV, will air live coverage of the launch, which is scheduled for 3:42pm ET from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (launch is subject to change, of course, based on conditions).

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“Kelly and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko are scheduled to spend one full year living and working aboard the ISS and will launch on this important mission with cosmonaut Gennady Padalka. The trio will ride to space in a Soyuz spacecraft, which will rendezvous with the space station and dock after four orbits of Earth. The mission’s goal is to understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space. Data from the expedition will be used to determine whether there are ways to further reduce the risks on future long-duration missions to an asteroid and eventually Mars.The crew will support several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science – research that will impact life on Earth. A comprehensive companion digital experience will be hosted on, designed to bring Science Channel’s fans deeper into the kind of space coverage they’ve shown an affinity for. Users will be able to switch between three live NASA TV cameras offering unique perspectives of the event (one even inside the space capsule), browse and engage in social feeds where experts and scientists will provide live commentary, read about the mission through a series of InSCIder blogs, and watch a Google Hangout with NASA astronaut Leland Melvin.”

Space Launch Live: NASA’s One Year in Space airs live March 27 at 3:35pm ET on Science Channel.

NASA TV coverage of the launch begins at 2:30pm ET, including video B-roll of the crew’s pre-launch activities as well as the launch itself.