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April 9, 2020 10:38 AM   Subscribe

NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy, Crewmates Arrive Safely at Space Station. The NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonauts launch to the space station during a pandemic. So, ISS crew blast off after long quarantine.
posted by valkane (4 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
For whatever reason, it makes me glad that this is happening.

Not a bad vantage point to wait things out, TBH.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:02 AM on April 9, 2020 [3 favorites]

We may well see a crew leave for ISS from Kennedy Space Center in mid to late May. While NASA hedged their bets at the time of that announcement, saying “The agency will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the agency’s chief health and medical officer and communicate any updates that may impact mission planning or media access, as they become available" there has been no further announcement of a delay for the planned mission.

COVID-19 has pushed other planned launch dates back, for example, the SpaceX/Falcon9 launch of GPS III-3 that was originally scheduled for late April is now no earlier than June 30th so it's not unreasonable to think the Crewed Dragon launch will be delayed as well.
posted by wolpfack at 12:37 PM on April 9, 2020

I keep thinking of those astronauts in space in Y: The Last Man.... and The Last Man On Earth.

I wouldn't come down here if I were you...
posted by jenfullmoon at 12:52 PM on April 9, 2020

Dr. Stone
Anime, a story point is that orbiting astronauts escaped the cataclysm that hit the earth and then came back and started up a bit of civilization that some thousands of years later cataclysm survivors woke-up and found. Sorta the standard hero protagonist recreating civilization from scratch sort of thing, but not too awful. Think the Professor from Gilligan's Island.
posted by zengargoyle at 2:44 PM on April 9, 2020

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