Posted: Jun. 3, 2018 eight:00 am Updated: Jun. 3, 2018 9:36 am
DZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan (AP) A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station has landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan.
The capsule hit the bottom at 6:39 p.m. (1239 GMT) Sunday with out obvious issues, descending underneath a red-and-white parachute.
Aboard had been Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan’s Norishige Kanai, ending a 168-day mission. All three had been extracted from the capsule inside 30 minutes. They seemed to be in good situation as they sat in lounge-type chairs close to the capsule so they may re-adjust to the pull of gravity.
The astronauts will later be taken to Karaganda, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the northeast. There they’ll bear an extended medical examination after which be flown both to Moscow or Houston.
The orbiting laboratory now has a crew of three: Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev. Another three astronauts are to be launched to the space station on Wednesday from the Baikonur complicated in Kazakhstan.