US astronaut Chris Cassidy, left, Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, centre, and Ivan Vagner, prior to their launch in April. File photo: AP US astronaut Chris Cassidy, left, Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, centre, and Ivan Vagner, prior to their launch in April. File photo: AP
US astronaut Chris Cassidy, left, Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, centre, and Ivan Vagner, prior to their launch in April. File photo: AP

A Nasa astronaut was potentially exposed to Covid-19 by a Russian official

  • Russian space official died of Covid-19 soon after pre-launch contact with crew headed to the International Space Station
  • Internal Nasa emails suggest Russian counterparts were being tight-lipped about official’s death

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
US astronaut Chris Cassidy, left, Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, centre, and Ivan Vagner, prior to their launch in April. File photo: AP US astronaut Chris Cassidy, left, Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, centre, and Ivan Vagner, prior to their launch in April. File photo: AP
US astronaut Chris Cassidy, left, Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, centre, and Ivan Vagner, prior to their launch in April. File photo: AP
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