No Corona on ISS?
For the next four days, all 11 Astronauts will remain on the ISS, which is close to a record of 13 astronauts at a time. Currently six American astronauts, two Russians, two Japanese and one French astronaut are present in the ISS. Three American astronauts and one Japanese astronaut will return from here on Wednesday. After all, how was it ensured that the Corona Virus that caused an outcry on earth does not infect the ISS? People raised many such questions on social media.
So what do Astronaut do?
Actually, astronauts are quarantined for two to three weeks before going into space. This rule has been in place before the corona virus epidemic spread on the earth. During the American Space Agency NASA’s Apollo program, Astronauts fell ill in space and their medicines started running out. This was a rare case but two weeks of quarantine was made mandatory after that. During this time limited meeting could be done with close relatives.
Astronauts now spend two weeks in Quarantine before their flights. These quarters are located at NASA’s Kennedy and Johnson Space Center and the Roscosmos at the Baykonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan. The permission to meet these people is given to specific people who are medically tested. Most of the work is done at home after the corona virus epidemic.
… so as not to bring infection from space
Not only this, teams returning from space missions are also quarantined. This is so that no infection from the outside world comes to the earth. NASA quarantined its Apollo 11, 12, 13 and 14 missions in the mobile quarantine facility after its return from the moon. Samples brought from the moon were also quarantined and kept in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory (LRL). Even Neil Armstrong, who was the first to step on the moon, celebrated his birthday in this quarantine.