Coronavirus forces detour for homecoming astronauts

ALMATY (Reuters) – NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir will come by an unprecedented – and extra exhausting – route home after safely touchdown within the Kazakh steppe on Friday, a Russian healthcare legit acknowledged, as a result of lockdowns precipitated by the unconventional coronavirus.

A tablet carrying Morgan, Meir and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka touched down southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan at 1117 local time, as scheduled, after nine months on the Global Residence Arena.

But as a result of all of Kazakhstan’s provinces are in coronavirus lockdown, search and rescue groups would possibly perchance presumably well also no longer build up wrong in Dzhezkazgan or provincial centre Karaganda, acknowledged Vyacheslav Rogozhnikov, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Clinical Biological Agency.

As a replacement, the Baikonur cosmodrome positioned in Kazakhstan and rented by Russia became frail as a wrong and the crew of the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft will head there after being extracted from the tablet, Rogozhkin acknowledged in an interview broadcast on-line by Russian home agency Roscosmos.

From Baikonur, U.S. astronauts will come by a 300km (186 miles) pressure to the town of Kzylorda, the place they’ll board a NASA plane, he acknowledged, including hours of exhausting land scramble after 205 days in home, 3,280 orbits of Earth and a visit of 86.9 million miles.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by David Goodman

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