NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir will take an uncommon – and extra exhausting – route house after safely touchdown within the Kazakh steppe on Friday, a Russian healthcare official stated, due to lockdowns brought on by the novel coronavirus.
A capsule carrying Morgan, Meir and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka touched down southeast of the Kazakh city of Dzhezkazgan at 11:17am native time (10:47am IST), as scheduled, after 9 months on the Worldwide Area Station.
However as a result of all of Kazakhstan’s provinces are in coronavirus lockdown, search and rescue groups couldn’t arrange base in Dzhezkazgan or provincial centre Karaganda, stated Vyacheslav Rogozhnikov, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Medical Organic Company.
As a substitute, the Baikonur cosmodrome situated in Kazakhstan and rented by Russia was used as a base and the crew of the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft will head there after being extracted from the capsule, Rogozhkin stated in an interview broadcast on-line by Russian house company Roscosmos.
From Baikonur, US astronauts will take a 300km (186 miles) drive to the town of Kzylorda, the place they may board a NASA plane, he stated, including hours of exhausting land journey after 205 days in house, 3,280 orbits of Earth and a visit of 86.9 million miles.