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Photos: Space Station's Expedition 31 Mission

Autographed Photo Inside Dragon

SpaceX

An autographed photo of the Expedition 31 crew was found by the SpaceX ground teams as they recovered the Dragon spacecraft from the Pacific Ocean after splashdown on May 31, 2012.

Crew with Globe

NASA

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (center), Expedition 31 commander; along with European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers (left) and NASA astronaut Don Pettit, both flight engineers, pose for a photo near a globe floating freely in the Unity node of the International Space Station. This image was taken May 15, 2012.

Astronaut Andre Kuipers with Equipment

NASA

European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers, Expedition 31 flight engineer, works with Anomalous Long Term Effects on Astronauts (ALTEA) equipment in the Columbus laboratory of the International Space Station. This image was taken June 8, 2012.

Expedition 31 Spacesuit

NASA

A NASA extravehicular mobility unit (EMU) spacesuit is seen in the crew lock of the International Space Station's Quest airlock, as photographed by one of the Expedition 31 crew members on June 14, 2012.

Solar Panels Reflect Light in Space

ESA/NASA

Astronaut Andre Kuipers took this image of solar panels glinting in space. The image was taken June 8, 2012.

Colorado Wildfires Seen from Space

NASA

This still from a NASA video shows the vast smoke plumes from raging wildfires in Colorado and other U.S. western states as the International Space Station soared overhead. Video released on June 28, 2012.

Expedition 31: Soyuz TMA-03M Hatch Closing

NASA

Expedition 31 commander Oleg Kononenko of Russia (top), Dutch astronaut Andrew Kuipers (center) and NASA astronaut Don Pettit bid farewell to their crewmates on the International Space Station just before shutting the hatches between their Soyuz and the station for a July 1, 2012, return to Earth.

Expedition 31: Soyuz TMA-03M Undocks from Station

NASA TV

The Russian Soyuz TMA-03M backs away from the International Space Station after undocking to return three members of the Expedition 31 crew to Earth on July 1, 2012, in this still from a NASA broadcast.

Expedition 31: Soyuz Crew Leaves Space Station

NASA TV

The Russian Soyuz TMA-03M backs away from the International Space Station after undocking to return three members of the Expedition 31 crew to Earth on July 1, 2012, in this still from a NASA broadcast.

Soyuz Parachutes to Earth

NASA TV

The Russian Soyuz TMA-03M space capsule descends to Earth under its main parachute to return three Expedition 31 astronauts home from the International Space Station on July 1, 2012. The capsule was landing in southeast Kazakstan in Central Asia.

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