Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

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

The three astronauts will be on board the Soyuz capsule Image The three astronauts will land back on Earth in the Soyuz capsule
Velma Reese | 06 June, 2018, 16:51

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. Another three astronauts are to be launched to the space station on Wednesday from the Baikonur complex in Kazakhstan.

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.

"We're feeling a little exhausted, but at the same time, we are proud to have accomplished this and are glad to be back on Earth", he said. There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston. The Russian news agency Tass reported that the ball will be used in the opening game of the World Cup later this month.

Shkaplerov, Tingle and Kanai spent more than five months in space working on a variety of scientific experiments.

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Three astronauts, Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev, remain on the ISS.

Tingle and Kanai ventured outside the station on separate spacewalks to perform work on parts of the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency made life on the space station more accessible to Japanese-speakers by tweeting in the language most days.

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.

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