A pair of NASA astronauts will probably be returning to an entirely new world once they come right down to earth subsequent week after months in space. Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir, who’ve been remoted on the International Space Station for 9 and 7 months, respectively, mentioned they’re now bracing for their return to a planet that has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic since they left, CNN reported.
“It’s fairly surreal to see it is unfolding on the earth beneath,” Morgan instructed reporters. “From right here, the earth appears to be like simply as beautiful as traditional, so it’s onerous to consider the entire adjustments which have taken place since we left.”
“We will watch information up right here, and we’ve been speaking to pals and families to attempt to paint an image,” he continued. “However, from up right here, it’s arduous to grasp what has transpired, and the way life can be totally different after we return.”
Morgan and Meir, who’re resulting from return dwelling on Friday, will likely be returning to a world that has seen almost 1.8 million individuals contaminated by the lethal virus and greater than 110,000 useless — together with over 20,000 in the US.
They stated isolation is “one thing we’re superb at,” however famous it’s one thing individuals on earth are experiencing in a brand new manner as a result of social-distancing and self-quarantining. “It is going to be tough to not give hugs to household and mates after being up right here for seven months,” Meir mentioned. “I believe I’ll really feel more remoted on earth than right here as a result of it’s anticipated up right here. We’re busy with superb pursuits and duties and don’t really feel the isolation.”
“We will attempt to discover the silver linings and constructive parts,” she mentioned. “A type of thing my family and associates are speaking about is connections they’ve been capable of foster with family members. It’s bringing that innate human factor out, reminding us of our priorities.”
The two astronauts are scheduled to return to earth with cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, leaving newly arrived NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy to take over. Cassidy, who arrived on the station Thursday, has already had a style of life within the coronavirus-racked world.