Kanai to return to earth from space station

Katie Ramirez
June 5, 2018

NASA's Scott Tingle, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), closed the hatch for their journey back from the International Space Station (ISS) at 6.55am United Kingdom time.

A Soyuz capsule carrying Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan's Norishige Kanai floated down under a red-and-white parachute for a landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. "We are glad the weather is sunny".

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.

They brought back to Earth a football that will be used in the opening match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup on June 14 in Moscow, according to an Interfax report.

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

NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russia's Sergey Prokopyev, and Germany's Alexander Gerst, of the European Space Agency, will be the latest residents of the ISS.

JAXA president Hiroshi Yamakawa said: "I am very pleased that Astronaut Kanai, who completed a long stay at the International Space Station (ISS), returned safely to the Republic of Kazakhstan by the Soyuz spacecraft (53S/MS-07) today".

The ISS passes into the dark side of the earth for roughly half of each of its 90-minute orbits.

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