Monday, 18 June, 2018

NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Safely Return to Earth from Space Station

Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan Soyuz space capsule brings ISS crew back after five month mission
Theresa Hayes | 06 June, 2018, 16:50

Shkaplerov will return to Moscow with a football he brought back from the space station.

After landing, Shkaplerov ate from a bowl of grapes and said he was feeling well and happy to be back on Earth.

Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth on Sunday after completing a five-and-a-half month mission, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.

A Soyuz capsule carrying Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan's Norishige Kanai floated down under a red-and-white parachute for a landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Anton Shkaplerov, who was the first to be lifted and carried from the capsule, told the camera crew: "We are a bit exhausted but happy with what we have accomplished and happy to be back on Earth". News agency Tass reported that it was to be used in the opening game, although this has not been confirmed by worldwide football federation Fifa.

Scott Tingle, who was on his first flight, experienced a spacewalk with the mission to replace the hand of one of the station's robotic arms.

Kanai, a 41-year-old former Maritime Self-Defense Force doctor, had drawn worldwide attention for claiming on Twitter to have grown 9 centimeters taller after three weeks at the space station due to the absence of gravity.

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.

NASA Television will broadcast the launch and docking to the space station.

The Expedition 56 crew - Commander Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA, and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos - will operate the station and prepare for the arrival of three new crew members on Friday, June 8.

The ISS, one of the few examples of cooperation between Russian Federation and the United States, has been in orbit since 1998, orbiting at a speed of 28,000 km/hour.