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It reads like the plot of a science-fiction novel that isn’t trying too hard. After a year in space, three astronauts return to a world changed dramatically by a killer virus that didn’t exist when they blasted off.

Except this really did happen, when Oleg Skripochka, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan landed in Kazakhstan on April 17. Though not quite the full year that fiction would demand, Skripochka and Meir had spent 205 days in space and Morgan 272...

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