November 11, 2013
Olympic Torch Returns To Earth
The torch has returned. A Soyuz spacecraft safely carried home the crewmembers of Expedition 37 from the International Space Station 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 crewmember, 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.
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