ISS Crew lands safely in Kazakhstan
The International Space Station crew of three landed in Kazakhstan early Friday, April 17, after more than 200 hours in space. The traditional crew greeting didn’t take place due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the quarantine measures introduced in Kazakhstan. After the evacuation process, a Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir were taken to helicopters, where they underwent a medical check up. Usually, if it’s not a COVID-19 pandemic, the medical inspection is carried out in a special tent. Then the astronauts were taken to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, from where Skripochka will fly back to Moscow, and American cosmonauts Morgan and Meir will board the NASA jet to carry them home to Houston, U.S.
The austronauts will have to spend some time in quarantine and they will not be able to reunite with their families right away.
Now, the ISS crew is comprised of U.S. astronaut Christopher Cassidy and Russian spacemen Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who arrived at the station on April 9.