The chief designer of the Russian manned spaceflight system, has been diagnosed with the new Coronavirus. He had personally visited the launch site of the Russian “Union MS-16” spacecraft and met three astronauts who took off in the spacecraft. This puts the International Space Station at risk of invasion by the new coronavirus.
On April 9, the “Union MS-16” spacecraft sent two Russian astronauts and one American astronaut to the International Space Station from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan. According to plan, these three people will be stationed on the International Space Station for 196 days.
Micklin, 64, and Dmitry Rogozin, the 56-year-old director of the Russian Federal Space Agency, flew from Moscow to Baikonur to see the three astronauts to the International Space Station. Before the launch, the two were sitting together in the conference room, separated from the three astronauts by a glass.
According to the “Daily Mail” report, at the farewell ceremony, Rogozin was also seen standing near the staff of the “Union MS-16” spacecraft, wearing a mask for a while and then taking off the mask. He was also photographed getting together with a group of people including astronauts before launch, without maintaining a social distance. None of the three astronauts wore masks at the ceremony.
On April 15, Rogozin once tweeted that as of 10 o’clock that day, 30 people in the Russian rocket space field have been diagnosed with new Coronavirus, and Micklin is one of them. It is unknown whether Micklin is close to the staff of the “Union MS-16” spacecraft, because no such photos have been taken. It is not known where he was infected with the new coronavirus.
Russian officials have stated that they have taken “unusual measures” to avoid contamination of the International Space Station. After the three astronauts arrived in Baikonur, they underwent specific “health stabilization” steps, including a two-week isolation period.
Before the launch, activities such as astronauts visiting the monuments of Baikonur before launching and offering flowers to the monument to the world ’s first astronaut Gagarin were also cancelled. Relatives of astronauts were not allowed to see off at the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, nor were media reporters allowed to report on the scene.
NASA medical staff Batsmanova, who is responsible for providing medical assistance to astronauts during the launch and landing of the spacecraft, has said that considering that everyone can be infected with the new coronavirus, NASA has adopted an “enhanced version” of safety Measures to reduce the number of staff involved in rocket launch and return capsule recovery as much as possible, all staff who are in contact with astronauts must first undergo strict medical isolation.
Batmanova said that the space agencies of various countries have been working to prevent any viruses from entering the International Space Station. “Considering the enhanced security measures, the possibility of the new coronavirus entering the International Space Station is extremely rare.”