Coronavirus forces detour for homecoming astronauts

ALMATY: Nasa astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir will take an peculiar – and extra anxious – route home after safely landing within the Kazakh steppe on Friday, a Russian healthcare legit acknowledged, thanks to lockdowns caused by the sleek coronavirus.

A tablet carrying Morgan, Meir and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka touched down southeast of the Kazakh city of Dzhezkazgan at 1117 local time, as scheduled, after 9 months on the World Home Dwelling.

Nonetheless attributable to all of Kazakhstan’s provinces are in coronavirus lockdown, search and rescue groups would possibly per chance now not divulge up gruesome in Dzhezkazgan or provincial centre Karaganda, acknowledged Vyacheslav Rogozhnikov, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Medical Biological Agency.

As an different, the Baikonur cosmodrome positioned in Kazakhstan and rented by Russia used to be extinct as a gruesome and the crew of the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft will head there after being extracted from the tablet, Rogozhkin acknowledged in an interview broadcast online by Russian field agency Roscosmos.

From Baikonur, US astronauts will take a 300km (186 miles) force to the city of Kzylorda, the attach they would board a NASA airplane, he acknowledged, adding hours of anxious land plod after 205 days in field, 3,280 orbits of Earth and a time out of 86.9 million miles.

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