ISS Expedition 55 crew returns to Earth after 168 days in space

ISS Expedition 55 crew returns to Earth after 168 days in space”

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.

Shkaplerov was out of the capsule first and was pictured munching grapes as the support crew tended to him ahead of his journey back to Moscow.

Tingle came out next, to whoops and cheers, followed by Kanai. There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston.

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. 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.

He later tweeted a correction and apology, clarifying that he had actually only grown by two centimetres.

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.

The US space agency NASA says that astronauts can grow up to three per cent taller in space but return to their normal height when back on Earth.

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.

Their Soyuz spacecraft undocked and travelled away from the ISS for a couple of hours, before igniting its engines which took it out of Earth's orbit.

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

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