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Astronauts quarantined ahead of journey to International Space Station

WASHINGTON – Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut were spending their final weeks on Earth in quarantine before they are scheduled to blast off on April 9 for the International Space Station for six months as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps Earth. Launching from a pad in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 63 crew will depart Earth without much of the usual fanfare at the Baikonur cosmodrome and ceremonies in Moscow, as the world attempts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease through social distancing and citywide lockdowns. “We are ready to go, we are healthy, we’ve been tested very well with the medical teams,” US astronaut Chris Cassidy said Monday in a video from quarantine. “We’ll be watching from space and we’re ...