Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan

IN SPACE- MAY 29 In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, back dropped by planet Earth the International Space Station is seen from NASA space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their pos

IN SPACE- MAY 29 In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, back dropped by planet Earth the International Space Station is seen from NASA space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their pos

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Kanai and two other astronauts landed on the grasslands of Kazakhstan at 9:39 p.m. Japan time (12:39 p.m. GMT), about three and a half hours after undocking from the ISS.

The departing crew are making way for another three astronauts who will launch to the ISS on 6 June.

Anton Shkaplerov and his counterparts, American Scott Tingle and Japanese Norishige Kanai, are expected to land in Kazakhstan later during the day.

Anton Shkaplerov, who was the first to be lifted and carried from the capsule, told the camera crew: "We are a bit exhausted but happy with what we have accomplished and happy to be back on Earth".

Both Kanai and Tingle are now bound for Houston via the Kazakh city of Karaganda where they will undergo further medical tests to complete their mission.

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.

Shkaplerov was travelling back to Moscow, reportedly with a football that might be used in the World Cup later this month.

The mission was the first for Tungle and Kanai, while Shkaplerov has spent 532 days in space throughout three flights.

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.

Tingle and Kanai also conducted space walks outside of the station to work on parts of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. He later said he had made a measurement mistake and had only grown 2 cm.

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