Astronauts Returning Next Week Fear They'll 'Feel More Isolated on Earth'

At least two people have watched the entire coronavirus pandemic unfold from a completely different perspective than the rest of us... The astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

And they'll even admit that they're a little uneasy about returning to the "surreal" situation on Earth next week!

In a press conference on Friday, astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan expressed their disbelief over the impact the coronavirus has had on their home turf.

"It's quite surreal to see it unfolding on Earth below," Meir said. "From here, Earth looks just as stunning as usual, so it's hard to believe all of the changes that have taken place since we left."

The duo -- who held the press conference with a third astronaut who just arrived on Thursday -- say that while they're excited about coming home, they are not looking forward to dealing with Planet Earth's new way of life when they head back on April 17.

"It will be difficult to not give hugs to family and friends after being up here for seven months," Meir said. "I think I will feel more isolated on Earth than here because it's expected up here."

Even landing back on Earth will be a little different for everyone next week. NASA mission control recently had to split their teams into two different rooms, all in an effort to minimize contact. But it's not all bad...

"We can try to find the silver linings and positive elements," Meir added. "One of those things my family and friends are talking about is connections they've been able to foster with loved ones. It's bringing that innate human element out, reminding us of our priorities."

Read more about what it's like being an astronaut during the coronavirus pandemic on CNN.

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