Three astronauts aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to return to Earth on June 3 with a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, NASA said.
When the three crew members land in Kazakhstan about three and a half hours later, the trio spent 168 days in space, each performing a spacewalk, the US space agency said in a blog post.
The three homebound crew members are NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov.
They will be replaced by three new crew members of Expedition 56-57, who will launch into space in June 6.
NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA) will be with Russian Cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft embark on a two-day mission to the space station aboard the orbital lab, the US space agency said
The homegrown Japanese astronaut earlier this year triggered a series when he stated on Twitter He grew 9 cm in space, the media reported.
He also said that the increase in altitude made him a little worried that he might not be able to fit into the Soyuz seats for his return to Earth.
Later, however, he apologized for the "terrible fake news" that resulted from a "miscalculation".
More than a day after his original tweet, he said he only stretched 2cm, which is not possible. He was not fit for his return.
"It seems I can fit on the Soyuz, so I'm relieved," he tweeted.
Most astronauts "grow" during protracted space missions because their spines expand in the absence of gravity, but profits are usually limited to a few inches and disappear as soon as they are back on the ground, the Guardian reported on January 1
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