Three members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew, including NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, returned to Earth June 3 after 168 days of living and working in low-Earth orbit.
Tingle, astronaut Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed at 7:39 a.m. CDT (6:39 p.m. in Kazakhstan) southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
This mission was the first for Tingle and Kanai, and Shkaplerov now has logged 532 days in space on three flights. The crew completed hundreds of experiments, including materials testing, a study of the effect of microgravity on the bone marrow and research into plant growth in space.
They also welcomed four cargo spacecraft delivering several tons of supplies and experiments. A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft arrived at the station in December, followed by another Dragon in April and Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply spacecraft in May. A Russian Progress cargo craft arrived at the station in February.
Tingle and Kanai ventured outside the station on separate spacewalks to perform work on parts of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. They also participated in dozens of educational events as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station.
Shkaplerov conducted a record-setting spacewalk in February with fellow cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin to replace an electronics box for a communications antenna on the Zvezda service module. The spacewalk timed out at eight hours and 13 minutes—the longest in Russian space program history.
The Expedition 56 crew—Commander Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA, and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos—will operate the station and prepare for the arrival of three new crew members on June 8. Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch June 6 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. NASA Television will broadcast the launch and docking to the space station.
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After 168 days of living and working in low-Earth orbit, three members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew—NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and astronaut Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency—return to Earth on June 3 southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. Image Credits: NASA Television
NASA astronaut Scott Tingle is carried to a medical tent by NASA astronaut and Astronaut Office representative Kjell Lindgren, left, and NASA Public Affairs Officer Gary Jordan, right, shortly after he, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Norishige Kanai and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov landed in their Soyuz MS-07 on June 3. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Matryoshka Dolls representing Expedition 55 crew members Kanai, left, Shkaplerov, center, and Tingle are seen at a Karaganda Airport welcome ceremony in Kazakhstan. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls