Astronauts Return Safely From Space Station

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A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai of Japan and Scott Tingle of NASA landed in the Kazakhstan countryside around 6:40 p.m., three-and-a-half hours after detaching from the station. "We are glad the weather is sunny". There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston.

According to the Russian agency TASS, that ball will be also used in the opening match of the World Cup, on June 14, in Moscow, although the information has not yet been confirmed by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Live video provided by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration showed that Kanai was the last of the three to come out of the Soyuz. He has helped to raised awareness of the ISS in Japan by tweeting in the Japanese language during his time in space.

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Scott Tingle, who was on his first flight, experienced a spacewalk with the mission to replace the hand of one of the station's robotic arms. He later said he had made a measurement mistake and had only grown 2 cm.

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.

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.

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Three crew members now on board the International Space Station are making final preparations to end their mission on the orbiting laboratory.

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

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