During these times, it seems safer to be away from Earth than living on its surface. Many countries and areas are on lockdown, and people are trying to protect themselves against the new coronavirus by wearing masks, shutting down and postponing activities, working from home, and so on.
NASA astronomers Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir will return home on Friday from the International Space Station, and they are shocked by how things are going on our beloved planet.
Almost a year onboard the ISS
After nine months spent on the International Space Station, the two astronomers are coming home, but they might not be too excited about it. 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.
The new coronavirus is creating plenty of pain, life losses, economic problems, and serious discomfort. With over 1.7 million people infected and over 100,000 deaths, the new COVID-19 disease is requiring a lot of global effort for stopping or at least limiting its siege against humanity.
Short story about ISS
The International Space Station (ISS) is both a space station and a habitable artificial satellite present in low Earth orbit. The ISS program is actually a joint project between five space agencies: NASA (United States), ESA (Europe), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), and CSA (Canada).
The ISS is used as a microgravity and space environment laboratory where the crew members conduct experiments in astronomy, biology, physics, meteorology, as well as for other fields. The future of space exploration looks good, and the ongoing pandemic will pass away sooner or later. Science will prevail once again in all ways!