Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Space Station Astronauts Land In Kazakhstan

Expedition 32 Landing

The Soyuz TMA-04M carrying Expedition 32 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin landed safely in Kazakhstan at 10:53 p.m. EDT Sunday (8:53 a.m. Kazakhstan time Monday). Expedition 32 officially ended when the trio undocked at 7:09 p.m. from the Poisk module. They began their mission when they arrived at the International Space Station May 17 for a total of 123 days on the orbital laboratory. 


Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide opened the Lab Window Shutter for the International Space Station Agricultural Camera, or ISSAC, science payload. ISSAC takes frequent images in visible and infrared light of vegetated areas. ISSAC is also used to study dynamic Earth processes around the world, such as melting glaciers, ecosystem responses to seasonal changes and human impacts, and rapid-response monitoring of natural disasters.  


SOURCE: NASA