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Russian space capsule with 3 astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

Russian space capsule with 3 astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

American Scott Tingle, Russian Anton Shkaplerov and Japan's Norishige Kanai touched down at 12:39 UTC Sunday in Kazakhstan. Another three astronauts are to be launched to the ISS on Wednesday.

More specifically, the astronauts brought back home the soccer ball that would be used in the opening game of the World Cup 2018, held in Russian Federation. "We are glad the weather is sunny".

Tingle and Kanai were to travel to the Kazakh city of Karaganda before leaving for Houston, Texas. The Russian news agency Tass reported that the ball will be used in the opening game of the World Cup later this month.

Three crewmembers remain in the ISS, Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev.

Live video provided by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration showed that Kanai was the last of the three to come out of the Soyuz.




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 also completed a spacewalk to mend the station's robotic arm. Then he corrected himself and said he had only grown two centimeters.

NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and German astronaut Alexander Gerst are preparing to go to the ISS this week.

Expedition 55 Flight Engineers Tingle, Kanai and Shkaplerov undocked from the International Space Station at 5:16 a.m. EDT to begin their trip home, NASA said in a blogpost.

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


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