Live From Space: NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy Talks About COVID-19, Racial Unrest

June 12, 2020

    (KNX) — We are all human beings and we all have shared experiences.

    That's the message from NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Chris Cassidy who called KNX 1070 News from space Thursday morning.

    Yep, that space -- where NASA astronauts jetted off to. Cassidy launched to the station in April, according to NASA.

    There are only a few spots in the world - and outside Earth - where there are few to zero COVID-19 cases right now. According to media reports, including BBC in May and the World Health Organization, places like the Marshall Islands and Antarctica don't have cases of the coronavirus -- the International Space Station is one of them.

    So what better time than for KNX In-Depth co-hosts Charles Feldman and Mike Simpson to call up NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Chris Cassidy and talk to him as he floats through space. 

    Cassidy talks about how it feels to watch a pandemic from far, far away, the astronauts' mission on the ISS, catching up on news about the economy reopening down on Earth, protests over George Floyd's death and the one thing he wants to do when he gets back to Earth. Cassidy said he left Houston in February, then immediately went into quarantine in Russia prior to the launch and said the whole time COVID-19 spread across the globe, the astronauts were in isolation.

    "It's been quite interesting to watch it all from 250-260 miles above the Earth," Cassidy said.

    He discussed social distancing and wearing masks (Nope!), what he does day-to-day and what foods he likes to eat while in space. He said he is curious about what Earth will be like when he gets back in October.

    Cassidy adds they have communication with family and friends down on Earth and "stay pretty well connected."

    "I don't feel completely disconnected even though I'm here in space. And I think I speak for all of us in that you associate with people that you love and when people that you love have happiness or people that you love have pain, that is translated to you as well. So it's a similar feeling when watching friends and family go through what the world is going through right now," Cassidy said. "So I don't feel detached from it, no."


    The pandemic hit Wuhan, China in December and since then, cases have skyrocketed across the world and in the US.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 1.9 million cases in the U.S. and 112,967 deaths as of today.

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