HOUSTON – NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy is an American hero, currently at the International Space Station to Command Expedition 63. Cassidy, though, has been helping to spread the message of the importance of sheltering in place and keeping a positive attitude.
Cassidy left Earth to go to the International Space Station with Expedition 63 crewmembers Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos and Anatoly Ivanishin. The Soyuz docked safely at the ISS Thursday despite the pandemic sweeping throughout the world. Cassidy is leading America’s research in space even during this pandemic. But before he left, Cassidy shared a post on Instagram participating in the #DoTheShelter challenge.
Sharing the fun and viral video challenge made by Michael Magnuson, a California dad, Cassidy joined in on the challenge and explained how astronauts stay in quarantine before a big mission.
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Our crew is now less than 48 hours from lift off, soon coming to the end of our quarantine period. I’ve truly enjoyed reading about and watching all of the humorous things people are creating to help lighten the mood during this stressful time. One example is this video written and filmed by a good friend and the Magnuson family. It’s silly, but the message is spot on…the responsibility to shelter in place lies with every one of us. We all must do our part! #Nasa #Astronaut #Spaceflight #Rocket #shelterinplace #dotheshelter #quarantine @lucianohuck @cdcgov @propertybrothers
"We've actually been in strict quarantine for about a month now," Cassidy said in his Instagram video posted last week before the launch.
In the video, Cassidy shows us what astronauts do to stay safe.
“What do astronauts do when we’re in quarantine? Well, we do largely what the rest of the world is doing...mission preparation which is analogous to work, exercising, playing games, of course, great conversation,” Cassidy explained.
Cassidy wanted to share the importance of keeping positive and staying home.