A US -Russian house crew landed safely Friday within the steppes of Kazakhstan, greeted with extra precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Following a stint on the World Set Plight, NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan and Russian Oleg Skripochka touched down as scheduled at 11: 16 a.m. (0516 GMT) Friday. Their Soyuz landing capsule landed below a striped orange-and-white parachute about 150 kilometers (93 miles) southeast of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan.
Russian officials stated they took stringent measures to present protection to the crew amid the pandemic. The recovery workforce and medical personnel assigned to assist the crew out of the capsule and for post-flight tests had been below shut medical observation for practically a month, including assessments for the coronavirus.
The house crew smiled as they talked to health workers wearing masks. Following a transient checkup, the crew might possibly be flown by helicopters to Baikonur, from the set Skripochka might possibly be taken to Moscow, stated Vyacheslav Rogozhnikov, a Russian medical legit who oversaw the crew’s return.
Morgan and Meir will will must be driven from Baikonur to Kyzyl-Orda, 300 kilometers (190 miles) away, to board a flight to the US — a strenuous wander made wanted by Kazakhstan’s quarantine measures.
On Thursday, the Russian authorities coronavirus headquarters reported the first contagion on the Star Metropolis, which serves as the main hub for pre-flight coaching of U.S., Russian and other world crew participants of the World Set Plight. The Star Metropolis furthermore has residential quarters for cosmonauts and toughen workers.
Roscosmos Director Dmitry Rogozin stated Wednesday that the Russian house corporation had 30 coronavirus cases.
The crew returned to Earth precisely 50 years after the Apollo 13 astronauts splashed down within the Pacific after an oxygen tank explosion aborted the moon-landing mission.
Morgan wrapped up a 272-day mission on his first flight into house. He performed seven house walks, four of which have been to toughen and lengthen the lifestyles of the set’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which appears for evidence of darkish matter within the universe.
Meir and Skripochka spent 205 days in house, with Meir accomplishing the first three all-ladies spacewalks along with her crewmate Christina Koch, who returned from house in February.
Speaking from the orbiting outpost sooner than the return to Earth, the crew stated that coming again to the field tremendously changed by the pandemic might possibly be demanding. Morgan stated the crew has tried to employ atop the coronavirus news, but added that it’s laborious to tag what’s of course occurring.
“It is somewhat surreal for us to gape this entire difficulty unfolding on this planet below,” stated Meir. “We can explain you that the Earth aloof appears upright as shapely as persistently from up here, so it’s tough to accept as true along side your entire adjustments which have taken plan since both of us have been up here.”
A brand contemporary crew comprising NASA’s Chris Cassidy and Russians Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner arrived on the set on April 9. They stated sooner than blastoff that they’d been below a extraordinarily strict quarantine for a month sooner than the flight and have been feeling upright.