NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts enter quarantine for mission to space station

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NASA SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts participate in a training session at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Left to right: NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 mission specialist Jessica Watkins; NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 pilot Robert “Bob” Hines; NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 commander Kjell Lindgren; and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Crew-4 mission specialist Samantha Cristoforetti from Italy. Credit: NASA

" data-gt-translate-attributes="[{" attribute="">Nasa Astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, entered their official quarantine period from Thursday, April 7, in preparation for their flight to the Station international space aboard NASA. SpaceX Mission crew-4.

The flight crew health stabilization process is an integral part of the final preparations for all missions to the space station. Spending the last two weeks before liftoff in quarantine will help ensure Crew-4 members are healthy and protect astronauts already on the space station.

Crew members may choose to quarantine at home if they are able to maintain quarantine conditions before traveling to Kennedy. If home quarantine is not possible – for example, if a household member cannot maintain quarantine due to work or school commitments – crew members have the option of living in the Johnson Space Center astronaut quarantine facility until they depart for Kennedy Space Center.

Additional safeguards have been added since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone who comes on site or interacts with the crew during the quarantine period will be screened for temperature and symptoms. Lindgren, Hines, Watkins and Cristoforetti will be tested twice for the virus as a precaution, along with anyone who comes into direct and close contact with the crew.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission is the fourth crew rotation flight to the ISS under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Crew-4 is scheduled to launch no earlier than Thursday, April 21 on a new SpaceX Crew Dragon, named Freedom, atop the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mission operations teams will closely monitor weather conditions and operational delays related to the Axiom 1 mission, NASA’s first private astronaut mission to the space station. Additional adjustments to the Crew-4 launch date may be required depending on weather conditions and Crew-4 vehicle readiness.

Crew-4 will arrive at the space station for a short overlap with NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, who traveled to the station as part of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission in November 2021 Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov also traveled to the station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on March 18, 2022.

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