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Astronauts return to Earth after 2,600 orbits

Astronauts return to Earth after 2,600 orbits

The Russian Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft with three members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew successfully landed in Kazakhstan's steppe on Sunday, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said.

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.

Anton Shkaplerov and his counterparts, American Scott Tingle and Japanese Norishige Kanai, are expected to land in Kazakhstan later during the day.

"We're feeling a little exhausted, but at the same time, we are proud to have accomplished this and are glad to be back on Earth", he said.

Shkaplerov was travelling back to Moscow, reportedly with a football that might be used in the World Cup later this month.

The trio will undergo medical tests in the Kazakh city of Karaganda before flying on to Moscow or Houston. He and another cosmonaut were filmed practicing with the ball aboard the ISS.

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Shkaplerov, Tingle and Kanai spent more than five months in space working on a variety of scientific experiments.

Three crewmembers remain in the ISS, Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev.

Tingle and Kanai ventured outside the station on separate spacewalks to perform work on parts of the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

Their Soyuz spacecraft will undock from the ISS around 10.16am and travel away from the space station for a couple of hours, before igniting its engines to take it out of Earth's orbit.

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.


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