Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Soyuz Landing

The Soyuz TMA-03M capsule with astronauts Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko and ESA astronaut André Kuipers touchdown on Sunday 1 July 2012 at 08:14 GMT.

They landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan after 193 days in space. During André's six-month PromISSe mission on the International Space Station, he conducted many scientific experiments in the world’s only permanent microgravity laboratory.

In addition to his scientific workload, André carried out maintenance and operational tasks. Highlights included receiving ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle Edoardo Amaldi cargo ferry and docking the first commercial spacecraft, Dragon.

Photo credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2012

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