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Soyuz Returns ISS crew and Olympic torch.  Image: RSA via Spaceref

Soyuz Returns ISS crew and Olympic torch. Image: RSA TV via Spaceref

Three Expedition 37 crew members returned to Earth yesterday aboard the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft. Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano undocked from the Zvezda service module at 6:26 p.m. EST Sunday to begin the journey home.

The trio landed in the steppe of Kazakhstan southeast of Dzhezkazgan at 9:49 p.m. (8:49 a.m. Monday, Kazakh time).  Welcome home!

The returning crew brought back a bit of very special cargo: the Olympic torch to be used to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia (07 Feb 2014).

The undocking marks the end of the Expedition 37 mission and the beginning of Expedition 38 aboard the ISS.