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Gallery: Space Station's Expedition 30 Mission

Metal Sphere in the ISS

NASA

A close look at this four-inch polished metal sphere onboard the International Space Station reveals a reflected image of NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Expedition 30 flight engineer. Using a 105-mm lens, Pettit took a series of pictures of the sphere. Also visible is hardware from the Capillary Flow Experiment-2 (CFE-2) Vane Gap 1 Experiment, in the U.S. Laboratory Destiny. Image released Feb. 28, 2012.

The Southern Aurora from the ISS

Press Service of the Russian Space Agency

Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, flight engineer of Expedition 30 aboard the International Space Station, took this photograph of the aurora above the southern hemisphere (Aurora Australis). Image released March 15, 2012.

Southern Aurora from the ISS

Press Service of the Russian Space Agency

Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, flight engineer of Expedition 30 aboard the International Space Station, took this photograph of the aurora above the southern hemisphere (Aurora Australis). Image released March 15, 2012.

Southern Aurora from the ISS

Press Service of the Russian Space Agency

Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, flight engineer of Expedition 30 aboard the International Space Station, took this photograph of the aurora above the southern hemisphere (Aurora Australis). Image released March 15, 2012.

Southern Aurora from the ISS

Press Service of the Russian Space Agency

Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, flight engineer of Expedition 30 aboard the International Space Station, took this photograph of the aurora above the southern hemisphere (Aurora Australis). Image released March 15, 2012.

Southern Aurora from the ISS

Press Service of the Russian Space Agency

Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, flight engineer of Expedition 30 aboard the International Space Station, took this photograph of the aurora above the southern hemisphere (Aurora Australis). Image released March 15, 2012.

Southern Aurora from the ISS

Press Service of the Russian Space Agency

Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, flight engineer of Expedition 30 aboard the International Space Station, took this photograph of the aurora above the southern hemisphere (Aurora Australis). Image released March 15, 2012.

Southern Aurora from the ISS

Press Service of the Russian Space Agency

Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, flight engineer of Expedition 30 aboard the International Space Station, took this photograph of the aurora above the southern hemisphere (Aurora Australis). Image released March 15, 2012.

Expedition 30 Landing Seen from Above

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft is seen as it lands in a remote area outside of the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Expedition 30 Crewmembers Post-Landing

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank, left, Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov, center, and Anatoly Ivanishin sit in chairs outside the Soyuz Capsule just minutes after they landed in a remote area outside the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Friday, April 27, 2012.

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