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.
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".
A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station has landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan. "We are glad the weather is sunny". News agency Tass reported that it was to be used in the opening game, although this has not been confirmed by worldwide football federation Fifa.More news: Switzerland skipper Stephan Lichtsteiner joins Arsenal
Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov made it back to Earth Sunday (Jun 3) along with an official match football that could be used later this month in the opening game of the World Cup in Moscow.
Shkaplerov, Tingle and Kanai spent more than five months in space working on a variety of scientific experiments.
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. Then he corrected himself and said he had only grown two centimeters.More news: Fred the Red completes Old Trafford switch
The members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew. 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.
The ISS passes into the dark side of the earth for roughly half of each of its 90-minute orbits.
The three had been on the orbital laboratory since mid-December, with Shkaplerov, 46, serving as mission commander from February until he turned over command to American Drew Feustel on Saturday.More news: Miss America dropping swimsuits and won't judge on looks