Astronauts land back on Earth transformed by pandemic

first_img“Please keep your distance,” one ground crew member could be heard telling another. While the trio’s landing site southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan is the same as for previous crews, the pandemic has forced changes to mission-end protocol.  The crew will not be flying back home via Kazakhstan’s Karaganda airport as usual because it has been shut down, like so many other airports across the world.Instead, Skripochka will fly from the Baikonur cosmodrome used to launch missions to the ISS while the NASA duo will take off in a plane from the steppe city of Kyzlorda after a drive of several hours.”Quite a ride home from @Space_Station today,” Meir tweeted late on Friday.”We’ve returned to a different planet, but it remains a spectacular one.”Prior to departure, Meir said it would be difficult to forego embraces with family and friends as she gets to grips with a new culture of physical distancing on Earth. “I think I will feel more isolated on Earth than here,” reflected Meir, who made history as one half of the first all-women spacewalk along with NASA colleague Christina Koch in October.End to Russian monopoly While the astronauts’ home planet fights the global battle against COVID-19, the ISS is also entering a new era as it prepares to welcome the first crew flown by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company as early as next month.NASA has said that the SpaceX flight taking NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS could launch as early as the second half of May, ending Russia’s near decade-long monopoly on manned missions to the ISS from its Baikonur launchpad.After blasting off from the Kennedy Space Centre, the pair will spend two to three months aboard the orbital lab, interrupting the usual rhythm aboard the ISS, where missions typically last around six months or longer. They will be met by Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos and NASA’s Chris Cassidy, who arrived at the ISS from Baikonur on April 9, the first new crew members to join after the pandemic began. The International Space Station — a rare example of cooperation between Russia and the West — has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres per hour (17,000 miles per hour) since 1998.Topics : “TOUCHDOWN! Welcome home, Oleg Skripochka, Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir!” Russia’s Roscosmos space agency wrote on Twitter.  #СоюзМС15Сегодня же Олега Скрипочку доставят спецбортом на аэродром Чкаловский. Предстоящие 3 недели он будет находиться в Комплексе предстартовой подготовки и послеполетной реабилитации космонавтов в Звёздном городке.Больше #фото —— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) April 17, 2020Unusually, NASA and Roscosmos did not show live footage of the trio parachuting down in their Soyuz landing capsule. This was scrapped “due to technical limitations associated with the epidemiologicalsituation,” Roscosmos said.Subsequent footage from the landing site showed recovery crews wearing face masks and rubber gloves as they hauled the crew members out of the Soyuz MS-15 capsule, which was lying on its side.  Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut on Friday made a safe return from the International Space Station to find a “different planet,” transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.  Andrew Morgan, Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka touched down in central Kazakhstan at 0516 GMT in the first returning mission since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March. Morgan had been on the ISS since July last year, while Meir and Skripochka arrived in September.last_img read more

Bournemouth take another prized scalp to add to Manchester United’s woes

first_img It was United who were profligate in possession moments later as Blind’s pass went straight to Harry Arter, who freed Stanislas but De Gea was on hand to dive at this feet and prevent him doubling his tally. And United soon made them pay as Depay was played in by a typically astute Michael Carrick pass, controlling on his chest before forcing another smart stop out of Boruc – but the Polish goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent Fellaini eventually bundling home the rebound. The injury woes for United continued as Jesse Lingard was forced off to be replaced by Andreas Pereira before the break. Bournemouth started in style again in the second-half as Simon Francis, man of the match at Chelsea, belied his position as a centre-back to dance through United’s defence like a seasoned winger and fire at De Gea. The Spain goalkeeper turned his effort behind but Matt Ritchie’s resulting low corner was swept home by King to put the Cherries back in front. Fellaini almost levelled again before King had to be substituted due to injury – with Chelsea match-winner Glenn Murray replacing him. The former Crystal Palace man had two golden chances to seal all three points again but blazed wildly over on both occasions. It would not matter as the hosts hung on for a famous win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Whist Javier Hernandez bags a hat trick. United have Nick Powell playing up front for them.” BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) analyses Manchester United’s scoring woes as former striker Javier Hernandez scored a hat-trick for Bayer Leverkusen. PLAYER RATINGS Bournemouth: Artur Boruc: 7 Adam Smith: 7 Simon Francis: 6 Steve Cook: 6 Charlie Daniels: 6 Andrew Surman: 7 Matt Ritchie: 6 Dan Gosling: 7 Harry Arter: 7 Junior Stanislas: 8 Joshua King: 8 Substitutes – Glenn Murray: 4 Eunan O’Kane: 5 Manchester United: David De Gea: 7 Guillermo Varela: 5 Paddy McNair: 6 Daley Blind: 5 Cameron Borthwick-Jackson: 6 Michael Carrick: 6 Marouane Fellaini: 7 Jesse Lingard: 6 Juan Mata: 5 Memphis Depay: 5 Anthony Martial: 5 Substitutes – Andreas Pereira: 5 Nick Powell: 5 Phil Jones: 5 STAR PLAYER Joshua King: May have been forced off with injury but very much deserved his goal after harassing United’s inexperienced defence for much of the afternoon. Could have been on the scoresheet much earlier but buried his chance and worked tirelessly. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Junior Stanislas: The best way to unnerve an already suspect defence? Score directly from a corner in just the second minute. The former West Ham man now has three in three for the Cherries and this early goal set Howe’s side on their way to victory. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Howe opted for the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” as he kept with the same side that beat Chelsea. Van Gaal’s squad is certainly broken – but his decisions here did little to paper over any cracks. He fielded a youthful back-line and opted for Pereira instead of Ashley Young when Lingard was injured. Is he still the right man to take United forward? He thinks so but more and more dissenting voices are arguing that point every week. MOAN OF THE MATCH On another superb evening for Howe and his side, it is a shame much of the after-match will focus on United’s short-comings – even though there were plenty to choose from. WHO’S UP NEXT West Brom v Bournemouth (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) Manchester United v Norwich (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) “We’ve tried a load of them (set pieces) this season, sometimes, majority of the time they don’t come off so to see one come off and win us the game was hugely satisfying,” Eddie Howe told Sky Sports 1. “For us, it’s just been a brilliant week. The preparation for this game was difficult with the news for Harry Arter and his family. I really want to pay tribute to his family and how he played, and how courageous he was in his performance. I thought he was magnificent. “Pace is such an important thing in any league but even more so in the Premier League so I think those two players (King and Stanislas) have had a huge impact in just changing the balance of the team. Everyone is contributing but I think the real feature today was the work ethic of the whole team. Whenever you play Manchester United and Chelsea you know you won’t have much of the ball, but I think we were very good in two games.” Louis van Gaal said: “Again, two set pieces like against Wolfsburg. We give a lot of attention to our organisation but they had a few variations, I have to say but still it cannot be, I think. I thought the first half we played rather well, we created chances, we score a goal and I had a feeling that we could win in the second half. “But then again a set play and there you are behind in the score and it is very difficult to have a revival and I think the players have done everything. But I have to say Bournemouth were pressing on the ball in an impressive way, and it makes it more difficult to get the equaliser.] “It is not new (the pressure), but if you believe in this manager or not because that is the most important thing. Last year the fans showed their belief but for me the most important thing is the commitment of my players.” Bournemouth picked up a second prized Premier League scalp in a week as they beat Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium. Seven days on from a momentous victory at the home of champions Chelsea, Eddie Howe’s men recorded another memorable win as they beat an injury-plagued United 2-1. Junior Stanislas scored directly from a second-minute corner for his third in as many games and, although Marouane Fellaini levelled, former United youngster Joshua King wrapped up the win in the second half. United, on the back of their chastening Champions League exit, missed the chance to move level at the top of the table as they slipped to a third league defeat of the season just days after Louis van Gaal insisted he was the right man to take them forward. Much has changed for the Cherries since Harry Redknapp guided them to a famous FA Cup giant-killing over United in 1984. So much so that this is more of a minor upset than massive shock – but United fans will still believe their expectations are not being met by Van Gaal and his side. Decimated by injuries, United’s defence was certainly inexperienced as full Premier League debutants Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Guillermo Varela joined makeshift centre-back Daley Blind and 20-year-old Paddy McNair at the back. King never even got as far as making a league appearance for United before signing permanently for Blackburn – but his work-rate and determination came back to haunt his former club. The hosts were ahead almost straight away as Stanislas’ corner drifted over everyone to nestle in David De Gea’s net with less than three minutes on the clock. Van Gaal’s men looked for an instant response and Memphis Depay was clipped by Adam Smith with Artur Boruc on hand to magnificently keep out Fellaini and McNair from the resulting free-kick. United knocked the ball around without truly pushing into Bournemouth’s final third before Anthony Martial was gifted possession by Stanislas, only to send a tame shot wide. Press Associationlast_img read more

Man jailed for beating wife with rolling pin

first_imgThe heavy arm of the law came down on domestic violence when jail time was imposed on a man who beat his wife with a rolling pin during a family dispute.Wife beater: Collin MillingtonForty-three-year-old Collin Millington appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday charged with unlawful wounding.He admitted to the court that he beat his wife with a rolling pin on May 5, 2018 at their Austin Street, Campbellville, Georgetown home.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, Millington is in the habit of beating his wife when angered.On the day of the incident, someone told Millington that his wife was allegedly having an affair and as such, he picked up a rolling pin from the kitchen and dealt the woman several blows to her body.The matter was reported to the Police, and Millington was arrested and charged.He was jailed for 18 months by Magistrate Latchman.last_img read more