US-Russian crew blast off amid coronavirus pandemic


Astronauts and cosmonauts on the ISS and on Earth have been sharing tips on coping with self-isolation. Russian Space Agency Roscosmos/via AFP ALMATY: A three-man, US-Russian crew took off to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday as the world reels with a worsening coronavirus crisis. Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency and NASA’s Chris Cassidy launched at 8:05am GMT from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where COVID-19 has caused changes to pre-launch protocol.