We should all consider ourselves lucky to be living these times when the International Space Station is watching from above. The spacecraft is serving as a research laboratory where crew members conduct experiments in astronomy, meteorology, physics, biology, human biology, and other fields.
Three astronauts have recently been evacuated from the Soyuz MS-15 manned spacecraft: Oleg Skripochka from Roscosmos, as well as Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir from NASA.
The event was live-streamed
The website of Roscosmos organized live streaming of the event when the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft landed in Kazakhstan, near the city of Zhezqazghan.
Both Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir had proven themselves to be shocked by the ongoing pandemic that is spreading on Earth. Jessica Meir said:
It is quite surreal for us to see this whole situation unfolding on the planet below,
We can tell you that the Earth still looks just as stunning as always from up here, so it’s difficult to believe all the changes that have taken place since both of us have been up here.
Jessica Ulrika Meir (born July 1, 1977) has an illustrious career in science, being an astronaut, physiologist, and marine biologist. She had been working previously as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at the Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She also had postdoctoral research in comparative physiology at the University of British Columbia.
Soyuz MS-15 was launched last year in September, transporting a visiting crew member to the International Space Station and two members of the Expedition 61 crew.
The International Space Station is a project between five space agencies: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) from the United States, Roscosmos (aka The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities) from Russia, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) from Japan, ESA (European Space Agency) from Europe, and CSA (Canadian Space Agency) from Canada.