NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have entered quarantine, starting on Wednesday May 13, in preparation for their flight to NASA’s SpaceX 2 experimental mission, and they will be launched aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Carried by the company’s “Falcon 9” missile after two weeks at 4:33 pm eastern, Wednesday, May 27, from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
“Because of the coronavirus pandemic, people around the world have recently undergone varying degrees of quarantine, a period of isolation from others to prevent the spread of infectious diseases … However, as regards the willingness of aircraft crews to launch,” stability, AQSIQ “is a routine part of the last weeks before all missions take off to the Space Station.”
“Behnken and Hurley will be the first US astronauts to travel to the station aboard a US spacecraft launched from US soil since the space shuttle program retired in 2011 … and a flight,” the US space agency report added. Demo-2 It is a comprehensive test of the latest system crew SpaceXAnd the flight is part of NASA’s commercial crew program … and they will meet a crew. ” Expedition 63 “It is already on board the orbital laboratory, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, astronauts Anatoly Evanshin and Evan Wagner.”
Spending the last two weeks before quitting quarantine helps ensure that a crew arrives Demo-2 In good health, protecting themselves and their colleagues at the station who are already there, and since Hurley and Behnken are training side by side and will work and live as a team on the space station with their colleagues, they are unable to maintain a distance of 6 feet .. The quarantine rules set by NASA are designed To protect the astronauts’ crews while allowing them to continue to work closely together, by specifying who might be close to them and ensuring that they remain in environments where their exposure to infection or other hazardous materials can be tightly controlled in advance of their release.
“If they are able to maintain quarantine conditions in the home, crew members can choose the quarantine from there so that they travel to the Kennedy Space Center … and if for some reason they cannot maintain quarantine conditions at home – for example, if A family member who lived with them was unable to maintain quarantine because of their job or school requirements – they had the option to live in the quarantine facility at the Johnson Space Center until they left for the Kennedy Space Center. “
“Some additional precautions were added due to the coronavirus … for example, anyone who will come to the site or interact with the crew during the quarantine period, as well as any important person, will be examined for temperature and symptoms … Hurley and Behnken will be tested, And also those who are in close and close contact with the crew twice to check for a virus as a precaution. “
Sanitary installation procedures were introduced for the program ApolloAs NASA astronauts departed a low Earth orbit to travel to the moon, they continued through the shuttle and International Space Station programs, and Pinkin and Hurley would remain in quarantine after their arrival in Kennedy on May 20, targeting launch from launch pad 39A Historic Kennedy on May 27 at 4:33 PM EST.