Japanese ISS astronaut Norishige Kanai lands in Kazakhstan after 5½-month mission

The Soyuz capsule during a previous landing in Kazakhstan

Japanese ISS astronaut Norishige Kanai lands in Kazakhstan after 5½-month mission

A Soyuz space capsule carrying Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, US astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai lands safely in Kazakhstan.

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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". There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston.

Earlier footage from the ISS showed Shkaplerov and a fellow cosmonaut practising with the ball.

During his mission, Kanai conducted various scientific experiments in space and walked in space outside the International Space Station.

Tingle also completed a spacewalk to mend the station's robotic arm.

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The members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew.

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.

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 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. Another three astronauts are to be launched to the space station on Wednesday from the Baikonur complex in Kazakhstan.

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