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November 11, 2013
The descent module of Soyuz TMA-09M with its crew and an Olympic torch has returned to Earth!

At 06:49 Moscow Time, the descent vehicle of Soyuz TMA-09M manned transportation spacecraft landed in its designated landing area 147 kilometers to the South-East of Jezkazgan in the Republic of Kazakhstan. All the operations associated with the descent, search and landing of the descent vehicle went normally.

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchkhin, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, and European astronaut Luca Parmitano have completed their mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under the program of Expedition ISS-36/37.

At the Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M), the work in support of the Soyuz TMA-09M de-orbiting maneuvers and re-entry, the search for the landed descent vehicle and evacuation of the crew from it was performed under the supervision of the State Commission for Flight Testing of Manned Space Systems (chaired by Ostapenko O.N.) and the Technical Management for flight tests of manned space systems (headed by President and General Designer of RSC Energia V.A. Lopota).

During re-entry the spacecraft flight was controlled by the Lead Operations Control Team (the Flight Director is the first deputy general designer of RSC Energia V.A. Soloviev) working at MCC-M in cooperation with the specialists of the Air and Space Search and Rescue, other Russian organizations and services, as well as the US Mission Control Center in Houston.

The final descent and landing operations of the manned transportation spacecraft were witnessed by the representatives of Roscosmos and foreign space agencies, Russian companies and organizations involved in the ISS program, who were present at MCC-M.

The work onboard the ISS is continued by the ISS-38 crew consisting of: Russian cosmonauts O. Kotov, S. Ryazansky, M. Tyurin, US astronauts M. Hopkins and R. Mastracchio, and an astronaut of the Japanese Space Agency K. Wakata.

After the crew evacuation from the descent vehicle of Soyuz TMA-09M, a press conference was held at MCC-M for Russian and foreign news media.

For reference:

  1. RSC Energia is the prime manned space flight organization in the Russian rocket and space industry, responsible for the development of the ISS Russian Segment, its integration into the Space Station and its operation, including development and operation of the principal modules of the segment (Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet, Nauka, etc.), for manufacturing, launch and operation of Soyuz TMA and Progress M spacecraft.
  2. The mission of F. Yurchkhin, K. Nyberg and L. Parmitano lasted more than 166 days.
  3. During its mission the crew of ISS-36/37 worked with three Russian, a US, a Japanese and a European cargo transportation spacecraft. They completed the planned program of scientific and applied research and experiments. Fyodor Yurchikhin made three space walks under the Russian program. The crew re-docked Soyuz TMA-09M from the Mini Research Module Rassvet to the docking port on the instrumentation and propulsion compartment of the Service Module Zvezda.

 

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