Coronavirus Pandemic Will Not Cause Delays In ISS Crew Return To Earth - Roscosmos

Coronavirus Pandemic Will Not Cause Delays in ISS Crew Return to Earth - Roscosmos

Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos told Sputnik on Thursday that it sees no need to delay the return of the International Space Station (ISS) crew to Earth due to the coronavirus pandemic and the closure of borders between Russia and Kazakhstan

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 26th March, 2020) Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos told Sputnik on Thursday that it sees no need to delay the return of the International Space Station (ISS) crew to Earth due to the coronavirus pandemic and the closure of borders between Russia and Kazakhstan.

"Roscosmos does not think that it makes sense to delay the return to Earth of the ISS-62 long-duration mission crew. Yes, there are some restrictions from the Kazakh side, caused by the quarantine measures.

But Roscosmos is cooperating with colleagues and looking into options for solving the problem," Roscosmos said.

The ISS crew is expected to return to Earth on April 17. Russian experts and equipment should be brought to the landing area to meet them.

The ISS crew currently comprises Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and US astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir. On April 9, Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, and US astronaut Christopher Cassidy are expected to replace them.

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