Soyuz space capsule brings ISS crew back after five month mission

Soyuz space capsule brings ISS crew back after five month mission

Soyuz space capsule brings ISS crew back after five month mission

A Soyuz space capsule with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, U.S. astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, returning from a mission to the International Space Station landed safely on Sunday on the steppes of Kazakhstan. It will return to Earth with the crew of the ISS-54/55 expedition and used in the first game of the tournament - Russian Federation versus Saudi Arabia - on June 14.

On board were Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan's Norishige Kanai, ending a 168-day mission.

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"We are a bit exhausted but happy with what we have accomplished and happy to be back on Earth". He and another cosmonaut were filmed practicing with the ball aboard the ISS.

As the Space Station passes into a period of night every 45 mins video is unavailable - during this time, and other breaks in transmission recorded footage is shown when back in daylight earth will recommence. The Russian news agency Tass reported that the ball will be used in the opening game of the World Cup later this month.

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Tingle and Kanai ventured outside the station on separate spacewalks to perform work on parts of the Canadarm2 robotic arm, and also participated in educational events as part of NASA's Year of Education on Station, said the statement. He has helped to raised awareness of the ISS in Japan by tweeting in the Japanese language during his time in space.

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Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and his two USA colleagues Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold are still working on the ISS.

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