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Weekly Current Affairs: April week-2 - Space station crew to blast off despite virus-hit build up

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    Miscellaneous
  • Published
    15th Apr, 2020

A three-man crew is set to travel to the International Space Station, leaving behind a planet overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • A three-man crew is set to travel to the International Space Station, leaving behind a planet overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Russia's Roscosmos space agency and NASA's Chris Cassidy will blast off from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where COVID-19 has caused changes to pre-launch protocol.
  • Astronauts routinely go into quarantine ahead of space missions and give a final press conference at Baikonur from behind a glass wall to protect them from infection.
  • The ISS typically carries up to six people at a time and has a livable space of 388 cubic metres (13,700 cubic feet) -- larger than a six-bedroom house according to NASA.
  • The International Space Station—a rare example of cooperation between Russia and the West– has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres per hour (17,000 miles per hour) since 1998.
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