Progress MS-14 Was Further Disinfected To Prevent COVID-19 From Reaching The ISS
To prevent the coronavirus from entering the International Space Station (ISS), the Progress M S-14 ship, which is leaving for the station on April 25, was additionally disinfected, the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation.
According to the Corporation, the internal surfaces and equipment of the space "truck" were disinfected, as well as the external surfaces of the cargo that it will deliver to the ISS.
Disinfection was carried out by Energia specialists under the supervision of the center for hygiene and epidemiology of the Baikonur complex of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA), as well as the technical control Department and a representative of the customer.
Launch of the Soyuz-2.1A with the Progress MS-14 ship is scheduled for April 25 at 4:51 Moscow time from site 31 on Baikonur, docking with the ISS - at 8:13 Moscow time.
The ship is being prepared for launch at Baikonur. It will deliver fuel and gas supplies, service equipment and life support to the ISS under the program of the 75th station supply mission.
Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner, as well as American Chris Cassidy, are on the board. They arrived at the ISS on the Soyuz MS-16 manned spacecraft launched from Baikonur on April 9.
Preparations for the launch took place under increased security measures 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. In addition, the crew went to space without traditional wires by relatives and friends who could not get to the spaceport, as well as journalists.