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Expedition 17 Returns to Earth
10.28.08
Sergei Volkov
ISS017-E-021990 (23 Oct. 2008) --- Cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Expedition 17 commander, makes final preparations for his departure in the Soyuz TMA-12 docked with the International Space Station. The Soyuz undocked at 7:16 p.m. (CDT) on Oct. 23, 2008, carrying Volkov, cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov (out of frame), flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott (out of frame).

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ISS018-E-005009 (23 Oct. 2008) --- Backdropped by the blackness of space, the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft departs from the International Space Station carrying cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, Expedition 17 commander and flight engineer, respectively; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. Undocking occurred at 7:16 p.m. (CDT) on Oct. 23, 2008.

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ISS018-E-005019 (23 Oct. 2008) --- Backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft departs from the International Space Station carrying cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, Expedition 17 commander and flight engineer, respectively; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. Undocking occurred at 7:16 p.m. (CDT) on Oct. 23, 2008.

Greg Chamitoff and Yury Lonchakov watch the landing of Expedition 17 + View high-resolution image
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ISS018-E-005026 (23 Oct. 2008) --- Astronaut Greg Chamitoff (left) and cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, both Expedition 18 flight engineers, watch live video of post landing activities on the steppes of Kazakhstan of Expedition 17 crewmembers and spaceflight participant on a computer screen in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station. Cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Expedition 17 commander, is visible on the screen.