Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan

Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan

Three members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew returned safely to Earth on Sunday after almost half a year-long stint in space.

The departing crew are making way for another three astronauts who will launch to the ISS on 6 June.

Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, 41, safely returned to Earth on Sunday after a 166-day stay at the International Space Station.

Russian news agency TASS reported that the ball is planned to be used during the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow on June 14, although FIFA has not confirmed that information.

"We're feeling a little exhausted, but at the same time, we are proud to have accomplished this and are glad to be back on Earth", he said. "We are glad the weather is sunny", said Shkaplerov in footage broadcast from the landing site. There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston.

The ball, called Telstar 18, was taken to the ISS in March by the Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov.

The mission was the first for Tungle and Kanai, while Shkaplerov has spent 532 days in space throughout three flights.

Mr Putin highlighted Japan's important contribution to the ISS and Mr Abe expressed his joy at the pair working in such unity in space.

Tingle and Kanai also conducted space walks outside of the station to work on parts of the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

The station is crewed by NASA astronauts as well as Russian Cosmonauts and a mixture of Japanese, Canadian and European astronauts as well.

The space laboratory has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres per hour since 1998.

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