Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano back on Earth

NASA Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg, left, Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, center holding the Olympic torch, and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano sit in chairs outside the Soyuz capsule just minutes after they landed in a remote area outside the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. 

The Olympic torch was launched with the crew of Expedition 38 to the International Space Station on November 7.  It was passed from one module to the next and had its first spacewalk on November 9 with two Russian cosmonauts as part of its international relay.  Now back on earth it will continue its journey to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Games.  Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano returned from five and a half months onboard the International Space Station.

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Soyuz TMA-09M before landing

The Soyuz TMA-09M is seen moments before it lands southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakstan with the crew of Expedition 37, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. 

Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are returning to Earth after five and a half months on the International Space Station.

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Welcoming ceremony for Expedition 37

Shortly after landing the Expedition 37 crew were welcomed back to Earth in a special ceremony.

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin landed at 02:49 GMT (03:49 CET) on 11 November 2013, in the same Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft that flew them to the International Space Station on 29 May.

Luca spent five months on the International Space Station for his Volare mission under a bilateral agreement with the Italian space agency and NASA. He conducted more than 30 scientific experiments, performed two extravehicular activities (EVAs) and operational tasks as well as maintaining the orbital outpost. More on the Volare mission at: www.esa.int/volare

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Interview de Luca tout juste de retour sur Terre

Interview with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano,  on Monday 11 November, shortly after landing in the Kazakhstan steppe.

Luca, together with Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, landed at 02:49 GMT (03:49 CET), in the same Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft that flew them to the International Space Station on 29 May.

Luca spent five months on the International Space Station for his Volare mission under a bilateral agreement with the Italian space agency and NASA. He conducted more than 30 scientific experiments, performed two extravehicular activities (EVAs) and operational tasks as well as maintaining the orbital outpost. More on the Volare mission at: www.esa.int/volare

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Intervista con Luca dopo l’atterraggio.

Intervista con l'astronauta dell'ESA Luca Parmitano, nelle prime ore di lunedì 11 novembre, poco dopo l'atterraggio nelle steppe del Kazakistan.

Luca, insieme al comandante russo Fyodor Yurchikhin ed all'astronauta della NASA Karen Nyberg, è atterrato alle 02:49 GMT (03:49 CET), con la stessa navicella Soyuz TMA-09M che il 29 maggio li aveva portati sulla Stazione Spaziale Internazionale.

Luca ha passato cinque mesi sulla Stazione Spaziale Internazionale con la missione Volare, frutto di un accordo bilaterale con l'Agenzia Spaziale Italiana e con la NASA. Ha condotto oltre 30 esperimenti scientifici, effettuato due uscite extra veicolari (EVA) e attività operative oltre alle operazioni di manutenimento dell'avamposto orbitante. Per saperne di più sulla missione Volare: www.esa.int/volare

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