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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.


Cygnus cargo ship arrives at the International Space Station

A Cygnus cargo ship of Northrop Grumman company arrived at the ISS on 18th Feb. The uncrewed ship was captured by a robotic arm of the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan operated the robotic arm. Northrop Grumman launched Cygnus into space through a rocket on Saturday 15th from NASAS Wallops facility of Virginia.

Northrop Grumman named the spaceship “S.S. Robert H. Lawrence” after late Maj. Robert H. Lawrence, jr., who was the first Afro American ever selected to be an astronaut in 1967. He was selected to get in US Air Force’s Manned Orbiting Laboratory, a planned military space station. But unfortunately, Mr Lawrence died in a training accident. He never had the chance to get in space. But he remains a valuable symbol of progress regarding human space flights.

The cargo included 3400 KG of science experiments, Supplies and other vital gear for the stations three-person “Expedition 62” crew. The crew includes Andrew Morgon, Jessica Meir and Russian Astronaut Oleg Skripochka the commander of the mission.

The cargo included some novel science gear to the station including some experiments. Mochii, a small electron microscope is among them, which is the first-ever in space. This allows the astronauts to analyse various things right in space rather than sending back to earth and waiting for results. There is also some equipment to study bone loss in space and to test viruses which can target and destroy specific bacterias, so they can be used as cures for bacterial infections.

There are also some special treats for astronauts. These include fresh fruit, Candy and Cheese.