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Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Koskio(m): 1:20pm On Apr 17, 2020
A crew of three has returned from the International Space Station (ISS) to a very different planet they left last year.

No strangers to isolation, Russian Oleg Skrypochka and Jessica Meir from the US left Earth in September 2019, well before Covid-19 emerged.

Another American, Andrew Morgan, has been on the ISS since July 2019.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the usual routine for returning space crews.

"It's quite surreal to see it unfolding on Earth below," Ms Meir told reporters during a recent video call. "From here, Earth looks just as stunning as usual, so it's hard to believe all of the changes that have taken place since we left."

The trio touched down on Earth at 05:16 GMT, with Mr Skrypochka and Ms Meir having spent 205 days in space, and Mr Morgan 272 days.

A series of posts on the official ISS Twitter account described how the crew's Soyuz ship split into three modules before the descent module reached the Earth's atmosphere "creating a plasma trail" early on Friday.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFcRjcpSp7g

The capsule then landed successfully in Kazakhstan. US space agency Nasa posted a video of the astronauts being met by a mask-wearing rescue team.

The search party has been in strict quarantine and are believed to have undergone tests for coronavirus immediately before going out to pick up the arrivals to ensure that they were not at risk of infecting them.

In normal circumstances the search team would pick up the crew and bring them to the closest airport, from where they would fly home. But Kazakhstan has declared a state of emergency and most of the airports are closed.

The Baikonur space launch pad, leased by Russia from Kazakhstan, is still operating and the three crew members will be flown there. The Russian will take a plane home while the Americans will be driven three hours south-east to Kyzylorda, from where a Nasa plane will fly them back to the US.

A replacement crew of two Russians and an American who flew to the ISS on 9 April also took the utmost precautions to avoid taking the infection into space, spending a month and a half in quarantine before the launch.

Usually, a team of returning astronauts and cosmonauts will undergo a special rehabilitation program lasting several weeks. After a long stay in zero gravity, the body needs time to get used to life in constant gravity.

But this time doctors have the additional task of protecting the crew from coronavirus.

"It will be difficult to not give hugs to family and friends after being up here for seven months," Ms Meir said on the video call before returning to Earth. Last year she made history after completing the first ever all-female spacewalk with another Nasa astronaut, Christina Koch.

"I think I will feel more isolated on Earth than here. We're busy with amazing pursuits and tasks and don't feel the isolation," she added.

The ISS has been orbiting the Earth since 1998. Five partners are involved - the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-europe-52300360

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by majamajic(m): 1:22pm On Apr 17, 2020
Them for stay put

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by tempem: 1:24pm On Apr 17, 2020
Pictures for this kinda news would have been super awesome! kiss

You should have given the wheels to Explorers.. smiley wink

*****

Finally, he's taken the wheels!!


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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Koskio(m): 1:30pm On Apr 17, 2020
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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Ishilove: 12:16pm On Apr 18, 2020
This truly is very surreal. It's like watching a sci-fi movie coming to life.

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Ishilove: 12:19pm On Apr 18, 2020
A replacement crew of two Russians and an American who flew to the ISS on 9 April also took the utmost precautions to avoid taking the infection into space, spending a month and a half in quarantine before the launch.
What happens if they take it to space? The virus can't survive there can it?

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Blackfire(m): 2:47pm On Apr 18, 2020
When will Nigeria go to space??

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Jestin: 7:15pm On Apr 18, 2020
Coronavirus pls keep helping us to delete our useless leaders alphabetically. Letter A has been deleted so letter B is next.

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by HolyTitus(m): 7:16pm On Apr 18, 2020
Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Sirmuel1(m): 7:16pm On Apr 18, 2020
Wrong timing!!! Earth is not safe

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by HolyTitus(m): 7:16pm On Apr 18, 2020
Earth na earth. If covid 19 go, they will reconvene
Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by PureGoldh(m): 7:16pm On Apr 18, 2020
Issoryt but I wan ask one question....E get anywhere wey Dem dey sell food in the space abi Dem no dey chop for there? Na question I ask..I no stone person..

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by jericco1(m): 7:17pm On Apr 18, 2020
If I were them I'd board the next space shuttle and remain in limbo undecided

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by orunmila144: 7:17pm On Apr 18, 2020
smiley WELCOME BACK VLADIMIR

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Virus99: 7:17pm On Apr 18, 2020
If I was among them I would have stayed back

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by fasho01(m): 7:17pm On Apr 18, 2020
Space seems safer than earth as it is now.. They should have remained there a while longer

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by dipopooo(m): 7:17pm On Apr 18, 2020
shocked

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Openbusiness: 7:18pm On Apr 18, 2020
They better go back to space grin

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by AsawanaDgreat: 7:18pm On Apr 18, 2020
Una welcome back. Let's go for a very short commercial break.

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by GreatResearcher1: 7:18pm On Apr 18, 2020
a new planet has been discovered. am taking petyprincess there.

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Biglittlelois(f): 7:18pm On Apr 18, 2020
Blackfire:
When will Nigeria go to space??


Soon, I hope.

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by ForeThinker: 7:18pm On Apr 18, 2020
Hope them no go bring another type of Corona ?

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by YorubaKinging: 7:19pm On Apr 18, 2020
The lying scientists keeps giving you lamba
From going to the moon to exploring the sun

And you really think there's a space station out there when we are not even in space lol

You need to start believing in the bible

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by akilo1: 7:19pm On Apr 18, 2020
Make una go back
Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Uyi168: 7:19pm On Apr 18, 2020
Jestin:
Coronavirus pls keep helping us to delete our useless leaders alphabetically. Letter A has been deleted so letter B is next.
..
Coronavirus knows no political class...

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by franchuks(m): 7:19pm On Apr 18, 2020
Nice and welcome to an Earth replete with Covid 19...

When will Nigeria attain this feat.. This seems like a future impossible tense.

Do we even have astronauts? angry
Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by Nobody: 7:20pm On Apr 18, 2020
These white guys are extra-gifted

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by invigilator(m): 7:20pm On Apr 18, 2020
I for no come back
Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by NaijadrivaCars: 7:20pm On Apr 18, 2020
I used to imagine what would happen to scientists on ISS on other space missions when the 'world will end'. shocked

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Re: Coronavirus: Space Crew Return To Very Different Earth by PureGoldh(m): 7:20pm On Apr 18, 2020
Welcome back buddies...But if to say Dem know...Dem for stay back there for now.

Earth ain't safe for now

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