Three astronauts, after completing 2,600 orbits around in the International Space Station have returned to the Earth. As per the report, American astronaut Scott Tingle, Russian astronaut Anton Shkaplerov and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai have landed on Earth safely through a Soyuz capsule. The capsule landed in Kazakhstan. The trio has spent a long 168 days in ISS and carried our many types of research.
The capsule touched down at 8:39 EDT in Kazakhstan. They were on the mission named Expedition 55. But for Kanai and Tingle, it was the first mission. For Shkaplerove that was the third flights for him and in total, he marked 532 days in space. Shakaplerov first lifted out from the capsule. Commenting on the return journey, he stated that they all are quite tired but feeling happy with what they have achieved. They have carried out different types of experiments during their stays in ISS, such as plant growth testing, study about microgravity and materials testing.
They assisted in delivering supplies and experiment equipment form the SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft to ISS, which arrived in December 2017. Both Kanai and Tingle has conducted several spacewalks and worked on the ISS’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. Apart from this, in February 2018, Shkaplerov also conducted a record-breaking spacewalk. In that, he assisted Alexander Misurkin, a cosmonaut to fix a communication system. The due took around 8 hours and 13 minutes. That was the longest spacewalk conducted till now in Russian space history.
Hiroshi Yamakawa, President of JAXA, has stated that he feels proud on Kanai’s work during his stay in the ISS. Kanai and Tingle then took back to Huston for further medical testing.
However, there are three crewmembers of Expedition 55 still on the ISS. They are American astronauts Drew Feustel and Rickey Arnold, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. Wednesday three more astronauts will be going to the International Space Station.