NASA Employee Dies from COVID-19

NASA Langley Research Center officials have confirmed an employee who previously tested positive for COVID-19 has died.

Spokeswoman April Phillips stated that the facility learned its team member had died on Tuesday.

The name of the person is being withheld at this time, Phillips said.

“… [T]he NASA family extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of our lost team member,” Phillips wrote.

Officials announced on Monday the person had tested positive and was the facility’s first case.

NASA Langley immediately notified employees who may have come into contact with that person. The employee’s work area was professionally cleaned and sanitized, according to a news release.

Most NASA Langley employees have been teleworking since March 17, with the exception of a few mission-essential personnel.

Meanwhile, NASA’s website offers a multitude of intergalactic virtual adventures that transport you from self-isolation to the gaping infinity that is space.

If you’d like to transport yourself to where the action is, take a virtual tour of the International Space Station led by NASA astronaut Suni Williams.

Viewers can also participate in a virtual 3D tour of the International Space Station, where they can float through connecting modules and compartments such as space laboratories all through the perspective of a real astronaut.

Explore the unknown with the Next Stop: The Stratosphere virtual tour that takes viewers aboard NASA’s flying observatory, SOFIA, where they can investigate “stars, galaxies, black holes, and more while flying between 38,000-45,000 feet,” the NASA website explains.

Looking to get lost among the stars? Try NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions, a guided virtual tour through the breathtaking TRAPPIST-1 star system, renowned for housing seven Earth-sized planets “orbiting a star that is only a little larger than Jupiter.”

The virtual tour also includes tours of the telescope itself where viewers can control the telescope for themselves.

These are only a few examples of the variety of virtual tours that NASA has to offer.

Other options include the Exoplanet Travel Bureau virtual tour, which provides 360-degree views of the surfaces of other planets, as well as virtual tours of NASA facilities, including the Glenn Research Center as well as the Langley Research Center.

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