Russia's piloted spacecraft Soyuz MS-09, which is scheduled to blast off this week to the International Space Station (ISS), has been installed on a launch pad at the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos announced on Monday.
Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov made it back to Earth Sunday (Jun 3) along with an official match football that could be used later this month in the opening game of the World Cup in Moscow.
Tingle and Kanai were to travel to the Kazakh city of Karaganda before leaving for Houston, Texas.
In a video released Thursday by Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, Anton Chkaplerov and his colleague Oleg Artemiev are seen playing on the ISS (International Space Station) with an Adidas Telstar 18 soccer ball. News agency Tass reported that it was to be used in the opening game, although this has not been confirmed by global football federation Fifa.
The mission was the first for Tungle and Kanai, while Shkaplerov has spent 532 days in space throughout three flights.
Tingle and Kanai also conducted space walks outside of the station to work on parts of the Canadarm2 robotic arm.
But one Kanai tweet in January caused confusion after he mistakenly claimed to have grown taller by nine centimetres just weeks after arriving on board the ISS.
The station is crewed by NASA astronauts as well as Russian Cosmonauts and a mixture of Japanese, Canadian and European astronauts as well.
After 168 days in low-Earth orbit, three members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew returned to Earth on Sunday.
The ISS, one of the few examples of cooperation between Russian Federation and the United States, has been in orbit since 1998, orbiting at a speed of 28,000 km/hour.