Olympic Torch Return

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A Soyuz spacecraft has successfully returned Expedition 37 crew members and the Olympic torch to Earth.

    The torch has returned.  A Soyuz spacecraft safely carried home the crew members of Expedition 37 from the International SpaceStation along with the Olympic Torch.  The crew had spent 166 days in space and had taken the torch where it had never gone before—on a spacewalk.  And there was another first during the mission.  Italian crew member, Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, became the first Italian to ever do a spacewalk.  But the mission wasn’t just about spacewalking, the crew also performed research into how plants grow and collected data samples that will be used to help understand ocular health issues of space station crew members among other research.