The New ISS Crew Successfully Passed The Coronavirus Incubation Period
The Soyuz MS-16 crew completed the incubation period for a coronavirus infection after arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) and is feeling fine, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter.
The Soyuz MS-16 transport manned ship with a Russian-American crew docked to the ISS in automatic mode on April 9.
Launch of the Soyuz-2.1A rocket took place from the Baikonur cosmodrome. This was the first launch of the Soyuz-2.1A rocket with a manned mission. A new crew of the ISS-Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin (commander) and Ivan Wagner, as well as NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy, are on-board.
According to the flight program, Ivanishin, Wagner, and Cassidy will spend 196 days in space. Russian cosmonauts will conduct several scientific and applied research and experiments, as well as carry out work on retrofitting the Russian segment of the station. Their return to Earth is scheduled for October 2020.
They replaced Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir on the ISS.
Preparations for the launch took place under high-security conditions against the background of the coronavirus pandemic. The cosmonauts and astronauts were almost completely isolated from others, and the ground personnel allowed to work with them were constantly monitored. The Soyuz M S-16 crew went into space without the traditional wires by relatives and friends who were not allowed on the spaceport.
Astronaut Cassidy at a pre-flight press conference expressed confidence that the new crew will not bring a coronavirus infection on Board the ISS.