Q&A Session with ISS Expedition 62 Crew!

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NASA Astronauts Chris Cassidy, Jessica Meir, and Andrew Morgan Answer Questions as ISS Expedition 62 Comes to an End.

Former Navy SEAL and current astronaut Chris Cassidy just got to the ISS yesterday. He and Russian crewmates, Ivan Vagner and Anatoli Ivanishnin blasted off from Kazakhstan very early in the morning. And then they rode for six hours before the ISS Expedition 62 crew welcomed them aboard. Now, that crew, made of NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, along with Rosmocos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, prepares to return to Earth next week. 

On Wednesday, April 15th, a change of command ceremony officially ends ISS Expedition 62 and begins Expedition 63. Currently, Com. Sckripochka of Rosmocos is in charge, which makes Cassidy and his Rosmocos partners a part of the ISS Expedition 62 crew until that time. Then, Com. Cassidy will take charge and Expedition 63 begins. As part of this process, the NASA astronauts participated in a live Q&A session this morning to welcome Cassidy aboard and say farewell to Meir and Morgan.

Here’s the Video of Today’s Q&A:

Potentially Hazardous Personnel?

As Cassidy mentioned in press conferences yesterday, the Expedition 63 crewmates underwent both ordinary and special quarantine procedures prior to launch. Because, of course, nobody wants to see a case of COVID-19 in space. As such, all three crew members were kept in isolation until launch. Ordinarily, close family members come and send the astronauts off. However, the new ISS crew didn’t get that luxury. 

On the other hand, the ISS Expedition 62 crew prepares to leave perhaps the safest environment in which they could be. And they’re headed back to a planet infested with an invisible murder bug running rampant. Meir called the experience of watching the COVID-19 pandemic unfold “surreal.”

“I think for me it’ll still be nice to go back and to see some familiar places and some familiar faces,” Meir said. However, she added that after seven months in space, “it will be very difficult to not be able to give hugs to my family and friends.”

She also said, “I think that I will actually feel more isolated on the Earth than I did up here because that’s just part of our expected routine up here.” Well, Dr. Meir, I’ve never been to space, but we’re all feeling pretty damn isolated down here, so you’re probably right.

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