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Trio head home from ISS with football slated for World Cup

05 June 2018

NASA's Scott Tingle, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), left the International Space Station (ISS) and headed to Earth just after 11am United Kingdom, yesterday time.

A Soyuz space capsule carrying Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, US astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai lands safely in Kazakhstan. "We are glad the weather is sunny", said Shkaplerov in footage broadcast from the landing site. 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.

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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.

During his mission, Kanai conducted various scientific experiments in space and walked in space outside the International Space Station.

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First-time flyer Tingle also completed a spacewalk to replace the hand on the station's robotic arm.

HDEV cameras aboard the International Space Station are constantly recording, as the ISS circles the earth at 380 kilometres above the planet, on the edge of space in low earth orbit. Then he corrected himself and said he had only grown two centimeters. Three crewmembers remain in the ISS, Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev.

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The ISS, one of the few examples of cooperation between Russian Federation and the United States, has been in orbit since 1998, orbiting at a speed of 28,000 km/hour. The three members - Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos - are scheduled to launch on June 6 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Trio head home from ISS with football slated for World Cup