This week, NASA and commercial company SkyX are scheduled to introduce two stars to the International Space Station (ISS) in a new drawer. This is the first launch of NASA for astronauts from U.S. soil. About 10 years, but it happens in the middle of the disease.
Here are some ways that coronavirus will, and will not, change plans for the recent launch of a local agency.
The stars have always been alone without dating.
For decades, astronomers have avoided ill-health before flying into isolation before their activities.
Even a small illness on Earth has the potential to cause major problems in space, said Serena Auñón-Chancellor, NASA astronomer and associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University Health in Baton Rouge. “Those are common cold symptoms, you don’t want to bring them to the space station, it’s not fun to deal with them up there.”
Auñón-Chancellor himself had been isolated for 18 days in Kazakhstan ahead of his 2018 deployment at the station. He recalls: “Some people saw us from behind the glass.
Isolation procedures are actually easier to use during an epidemic. Ostronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley spent two weeks living alone without their presentations, according to Rob Mulcahy, a NASA aviation surgeon in charge of the humanitarian program. But in this case, the home rules have actually allowed the astronauts to spend their first week in their houses. “Because families can live on their own, they can stay home,” Mulcahy said.
But great changes are needed for those working on a startup from Earth.
There have been two reported cases of coronavirus infection among staff at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), where the program will be launched. It is also believed to be linked to work at the center.
However, KSC executives say they are taking the right steps and providing masks and sanitizer to employees as needed. SpaceX is also taking steps to keep its operations safe – including using masks and public access in certain areas. In mechanical control in Houston, Texas, Mulcahy says they use a back-control room, so that different shifts do not have to use the same equipment in case of contamination.
When they are older, astronauts will be winning the public broadcaster.
250 miles above the surface of the planet, the space station is the ultimate home base. “As long as you get to the ISS and not bring any germs, you are pretty safe then,” Auñón-Chancellor said.
Usually, rocket nuts and good-natured astronauts could have flown the Florida Coastal Space to see the return of the star launch from the Kennedy Space Center. But NASA boss Jim Bridenstine discourages crowds from joining the campaign.
“We ask people not to go to Kennedy, but to watch online,” Bridenstine said at a press conference earlier this month.
Fortunately, the entire event will be broadcast live on NASA TV.