Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Expedition 55 crew lands back on Earth after 168 days in space

The Soyuz capsule during a previous landing in Kazakhstan Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan
Doris Mccormick | 06 June, 2018, 16:49

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.

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.

Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, U.S. astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai feel well after spending 168 days in orbit, it said in a press release.

Around 9:40 p.m. on June 3 Japan time, Kanai, 41, landed safely in a steppe near Jezkazgan in central Kazakhstan aboard the Russian space capsule Soyuz, along with two other astronauts from Russia and the United States. "We are glad the weather is sunny". News agency Tass reported that it was to be used in the opening game, although this has not been confirmed by global football federation Fifa.

This mission was the first for Tingle and Kanai, and Shkaplerov now has logged 532 days in space on three flights.

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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.

Mr Shkaplerov, the previous commander of the space station, handed controls over to NASA's Drew Feustel on Friday.

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.

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

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

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