Volare is the name of the first long-duration mission of Italy's ASI space agency, with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano of Italian nationality. Luca was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on a Soyuz rocket with Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg. He served as flight engineer on the Station for Expeditions 36 and 37 and was the first of ESA’s new generation of astronauts to fly into space. 

Volare was ESA’s fifth long-duration Space Station mission. Luca took part in around 20 ESA experiments covering many scientific areas, from human physiology and biology to fluid physics and materials science.

Launch: 29 May 2013 02:31 local time (28 May 20:31 GMT, 22:31 CEST)

Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA-09M Olympus

Expedition: 36/37 

Docking: 6 hours after launch at 02:17 GMT (04:17 CEST)

Landing: 11 November 2013 02:49 GMT (03:49 CET)

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    Luca liftoff!

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    ISS Expedition 37 crew portrait inside Kibo

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    Expedition 37 crew photo
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    Luca Parmitano's first spacewalk

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    Perfect sky

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    Luca Parmitano's view of our planet
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    A window on the world

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    A window on the world
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    Cygnus

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    Luca in NASA spacesuit

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    Luca tests his NASA spacesuit
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    Luca spacewalker

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    Luca spacewalker
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    Interview with Luca just after landing

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    Interview with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano.
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Luca looks back on Volare

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