Shannon Walker noted that when astronauts return to Earth, they plan to wear medical masks “because it’s the right thing to do.”
Astronauts of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be vaccinated against the new coronavirus within 7-10 days after returning to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). NASA astronaut Shannon Walker announced this on Monday during a press conference broadcast on the website of the US department.
“The doctors tell us that we will get the vaccine within 7 to 10 days of our return,” Walker said. “We don’t know yet which version of the vaccine will be given to us, but it will happen within the specified time frame.” She also noted that upon returning to Earth, astronauts plan to wear medical masks “because it’s the right thing to do.”
Earlier, NASA reported that the SpaceX Crew Dragon crewed spacecraft with four astronauts on board would land on April 28 in one of seven selected zones in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover, and JAXA employee Soichi Noguchi will return to Earth with Walker. They were delivered to the ISS on November 16 last year.
Currently onboard the ISS are 11 crewmembers: Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov, NASA astronauts Hopkins, Glover, Walker, Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough, and Megan McArthur, European Space Agency astronaut Tom Pesquet, as well as JAXA astronauts Noguchi and Akihiko Hoshide.