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Crime ISS mission in times of the corona pandemic

17:25  08 april  2020
17:25  08 april  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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On Thursday at 10.05 a.m. (CEST), the two cosmonauts Iwan Wagner and Anatoli Iwanischin and their US colleague Chris Cassidy are due to set off on their six-month ISS mission from the spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, but already felt the press conference broadcast by the Russian space agency Roskosmos a little alien.

"Instead of just using cameras, we would rather speak to people," said Cassidy in Baikonur. The 50-year-old US astronaut reported that the crew had already "hit" without having to leave their families for the ISS. "But we know that the whole world is affected by the crisis". Even her isolation from the start was "more thorough" than usual, said Ivanishin.

It is the first time that a Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle has been used for a manned mission after Roskosmos stopped using the previous Soyuz missiles last year.

The newer launchers have been used for unmanned launches since 2004. They have a digital flight control system and, according to Ivanischin, need less manual input by the crew in an emergency. "The system has gotten better, but it is not yet clear whether it will be easier to control," he added.

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