Launch of the new crew to the ISS without journalists because of the coronavirus

Launch of a new crew to the ISS

Roscosmos cancelled a media invitation to launch another expedition to the ISS from Baikonur on April 9 because of the new coronavirus, the press service of the state corporation announced on Monday.

A team of three astronauts intended to launch a Soyuz missile.

"Roscosmos informs representatives of the mass media, who previously submitted credentials for the launch of the manned spaceship "Soyuz MS-16", about the cancellation of the visit to the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Visits to the Baikonur Cosmodrome are restricted due to a complicated epidemiological situation and due to the decision of the Kazakh authorities to introduce a state of emergency in the country," Roscosmos said.

At the same time, despite enhanced security measures, the launch of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with manned Soyuz MS-16 to the International Space Station will be scheduled for April 9.

The main crew - Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner, as well as NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy. Their backup members are Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrey Babkin and NASA astronaut Stephen Bowen.

To cover the launch of "Roscosmos" organizes a live broadcast from Baikonur on the official website of the state corporation, in social media and on television.