THE VIRUS REACHES STAR CITY (Polina Ivanova for Reuters)
November 13, 2020 4:55 PM   Subscribe

Within weeks of Russia’s first confirmed case, the coronavirus had penetrated the closed walls of Star City and crossed the high-security gates of its cosmonaut training center. It had radiated across Russia’s revered space program during a moment of international attention and national pride, and had, potentially, come within an inch of glass away from traveling to space in a cosmonaut. In Star City, with the clinic in the grip of the outbreak, a hunt was launched for someone to blame, the doctor at the clinic said.
posted by bq (9 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Heartbreaking story.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:31 PM on November 13, 2020 [1 favorite]

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has covid (probability 50%) and there's a NASA launch tomorrow. In May, I watched him chat 6 feet from the astronauts in the suiting room in some disbelief.
posted by joeyh at 8:01 PM on November 13, 2020 [3 favorites]

Elon Musk, a coronavirus denier, could have the distinction of being the first person to put coronavirus into outer space.
posted by JackFlash at 8:13 PM on November 13, 2020 [9 favorites]

Given what we know about Putin's preferred methods for dispatching inconvenient people, I can't help but question whether Natalya Lebedeva's defenestration was suicide or just the last step in assigning blame.
posted by carmicha at 9:03 PM on November 13, 2020 [7 favorites]

Elon Musk flew to a fucking birthday party in Sweden last week for the US Ambassador. Fucking assholes.
posted by J.R. Hartley at 3:56 AM on November 14, 2020 [4 favorites]

Hey I love hating on Musk as much as the next person, but could we talk about the article?

The article was so, so sad.
posted by medusa at 6:50 AM on November 14, 2020 [1 favorite]

but could we talk about the article

It seems that the nuclear-armed states are especially terrible at pandemics.

Maybe there are gods?
posted by pompomtom at 7:11 AM on November 14, 2020

What a terrible and sad way to find out what Star City is. I again am not shocked that most of the people in this story are women. The world expects too much
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:59 AM on November 14, 2020 [2 favorites]

I've always been intrigued by Star City, but this is terrible.

Why was she "suicided," exactly? Because she got it, or something else? (And she got murdered on my birthday. Waaaah.)
posted by jenfullmoon at 1:34 PM on November 14, 2020 [1 favorite]

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