NASA Astronauts Return From Space To Coronavirus-Ravaged Earth

NASA astronauts comes back from space
L-R: NASA Astronauts, Andrew Morgan, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka have returned from space to a coronavirus-ravaged earth on Friday morning.

NASA made this known in a tweet, saying;

NASA said the Soyuz capsule carrying the trio made a parachute-assisted landing at 1:16 a.m. EDT in Kazakhstan.

Morgan, Meir and Skripochka were met by Russian recovery forces and NASA medical officers who assisted them out of the spacecraft and administered initial health checks.

NASA astronauts

Roscosmos broadcasting live from the landing site;

Seated in chairs just outside of their spacecraft, the crewmates looked to be in good spirits.

NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan
NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka

Russian officials said they took stringent measures to protect the crew members amid the pandemic.

Morgan reached the orbiting space lab on July 20, 2019, and spent 272 days on the space station, encompassing 4,352 earth orbits.

NASA in a statement explained that;

Morgan’s extended stay in space will increase knowledge about how the human body responds to longer-duration spaceflight, through the various investigations he supported, including the Fluid Shifts study.

It added that;

Morgan also conducted seven spacewalks – totaling 45 hours and 48 minutes – four of which were to improve and extend the life of the station’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer as it looks for evidence of dark matter in the universe.

As of Friday morning, more than 2.18 million coronavirus cases have been diagnosed worldwide, at least 671,425 of which are in the U.S.

The disease has accounted for at least 146,291 deaths around the world, including at least 33,286 people in the U.S.



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