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Letter to my daughters

When I was asked by a prestigious Italian news magazine to write a letter to my daughters – to be published in the first edition of the year – writing about the future, I was not exactly sure of what … Continue reading

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From launch to landing

The Volare mission in less than ten minutes: [youtube WjhdN2bswic]

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Airline pilot spots astronauts returning to Earth

Update after we confirmed the image below shows the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth Captain Wijker sent us this message: Just reflecting on what I saw; watched like millions of others many times animated footage of space capsules returning to … Continue reading

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Out of the capsule

Luca seems in good shape after 25 minutes on Earth

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Touchdown at 03:49 CET perfectly on time!

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Visual contact

First visual contact of Luca, Karen and Fyodor in their Soyuz TMA-09M

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Soyuz departs from Space Station

Seen from the International Space Station, Luca Parmitano, Karen Nyberg and Fyodor Yurchikhin leave in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft heading for Kazakhstan on Earth.

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Columbus Control Centre keeping an eye on Luca

Columbus Control Centre keeps an eye on the Columbus space laboratory and ESA astronauts in space at all times. An impressive array of computer screens and information are constantly monitored. On the wall are the mission patches they have overseen.

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Hatch is closed

Luca, Karen and Fyodor have left the International Space Station for their Soyuz spacecraft. They will now perform leak tests to make sure everything is airtight. Separation is set for 00:26

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Helicopters are standing by…

In Kazakhstan the weather is good for tonight’s landing. The helicopters that will arrive first at Luca, Karen and Fyodor’s landing site are ready to roll…

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