Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Astronauts prepare to leave International Space Station after 2,600 orbits

The Soyuz capsule during a previous landing in Kazakhstan Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan
Frank Williams | 06 June, 2018, 16:53

JEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan-Astronaut Norishige Kanai displayed down-to-earth taste on his return from a almost half-year mission at the International Space Station, declaring a craving for simple steamed rice and miso soup.

Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) have arrived safely back on Earth after a mission of more than five months.

Astronaut Scott Tingle from NASA, Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of Russian space agency Roscosmos landed southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan at 8:39 am EDT (6:09 pm in India).

In a video released Thursday by Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, Anton Chkaplerov and his colleague Oleg Artemiev are seen playing on the ISS (International Space Station) with an Adidas Telstar 18 soccer ball.

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 Jun 14, although FIFA has not confirmed that information.

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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. He has helped to raised awareness of the ISS in Japan by tweeting in the Japanese language during his time in space.

The spacecraft will be carrying a crew of three to the world's sole orbiter, namely Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, US astronaut Serena Aunon and German astronaut Alexander Gerst.

Three crew members now on board the International Space Station are making final preparations to end their mission on the orbiting laboratory.

According to NASA, the USA space agency, astronauts can gain up to 3% in height while in space but regain their normal height when they return to Earth.

Space research has been one of the few areas of worldwide cooperation between Russian Federation and the West that has not been wrecked by the Ukraine crisis.

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