Three astronauts on board the International Space Station will return to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on June 3, according to NASA.
When the three crewmen disembark in Kazakhstan, about three and a half hours later, when they disengage, the trio will have spent 168 days in space and conducted a spacewalk each, the US space agency said in a blog post.
The three 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 Expedition 56-57 who are scheduled to launch into space on June 6.
NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA) They will make a two-day trip to the space station with Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev inside the Soyuz spacecraft MS-09 for a six-month mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, the US space agency said.
The Japanese astronaut on his way home earlier this year sparked a dispute when he declared on Twitter that he had grown 9 cm while in space, media reported.
He also said that the increase in height made him a little worried that he could not fit in the Soyuz seats for his return to Earth.
He, however, later apologized for the "terrible false news" that resulted from a "bad measurement".
More than a day after his original tweet, he said that he had stretched only 2 cm, which will not make him unfit for his return.
"It seems I can fit in the Soyuz, so I'm relieved," he tweeted.
Most astronauts "grow" during extended space missions because their spines extend in the absence of gravity, but the gains are generally limited to a couple of centimeters and disappear once they are back on the ground, The Guardian on January 10.
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