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NASA Moon mission is disrupted by COVID-19

Due to the rising no of coronavirus incidents, Nasa decided to suspend its work related to building and testing the rocket and capsule for the Artemis. Artemis is a crewed mission to the moon.

NASA is shutting down its Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The space launch system rocket is being built there. They also plan to shut down Stennis Space Center. (As per administrator Jim Bridenstine).

“The change at Stennis was made due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community around the center, the number of self-isolation cases within our workforce there, and one confirmed case among our Stennis team,” he said.

NASA is to temporarily suspend the production and testing of space launch systems and Orion hardware. NASA and contract teams will orderly shut down the hardware to put them in a safe mode, so the work can resume once the problem is settled.

The space launch system is a powerful space rocket to transport astronauts to Moon and beyond. Orion is its crew model.

“We realize there will be impacts on NASA missions, but as our teams work to analyze the full picture and reduce risks we understand that our top priority is the health and safety of the NASA workforce,” Bridenstine said.

A crewed return to Moon is the first part of Artemis. The purpose is to test technologies to colonize Mars in 2030.

Source: sciencealert.com

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How to save International Space Station from Corona-virus

Next space mission to the International Space Station is planned on 9th April and it’s getting closer. As at today, NASA has no intentions to postpone the mission. International Space Station is like a quarantine itself, isolated from Earth. Getting infected with coronavirus in a closed space with no hospitals for thousands of miles may be the worst situation to encounter on a space mission. What are the measures that NASA’s going to take against such a catastrophe?

Anyway, NASA has been careful about germs even before Coronavirus. Even in the past on Apollo 14 launch 1972, crew members had to spend 14 days in a health stabilization quarantine before launch. Under present circumstances, NASA will be testing the crew for COVID-19 before the quarantine.

The launch site is in Kazakhstan which has closed its borders due to coronavirus cases. One of the crew members is also from Kazakhstan. NASA team will enter the country under special permission. No reporters are allowed to cover it during the launch event. The event is Going to be held with only the participation of essential personnel. So the Russian space agency is going to live stream the event, which is not a usual thing for them. But NASA usually streams these events live.

In mid-April, some ISS members are to return to Earth. They are probably virus free. The capsule carrying them will land on the Kazak desert. These type of landing require a large no of recovery personnel. NASA has not announced plans on how to make this personal virus-free but probably have a plan.

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Prepare hand sanitizers at home

Due to the viral outbreak of coronavirus, health officials advise to use hand sanitizers frequently. But it may be difficult for you to find hand sanitizers in stores due to the higher demand. And also hand sanitizers may not be affordable for many people due to their expensive prices.

Anyway, if you can find below-mentioned chemicals, you can prepare yourself hand sanitizers by spending a very little amount of money and effort.

Method 1

Surgical Spirit 70ml
Glycerin 20ml
Hydrogen Peroxide 10ml
Citronella Oil 5-10 drops

Stir well and you have 100ml of hand sanitizers at hand!

Method 2

Lab grade Isopropyl Alcohol 2/3
Aloe Vera gel 1/3
5-10 drops of Citronella oil

Stir well and You have your hand sanitizer at hand!