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 Parmitano
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Meet astronaut Luca Parmitano

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Luca keeping fit in space
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Meet Luca - rules and registration

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Luca on Earth
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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano lands safely back on Earth

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Luca is coming home

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Luca
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Time to come home, Luca

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Robot finalists
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Robot challenge: unload a spacecraft

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Somewhere over the Alps

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Touchdown
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Space Station Expedition 36 turns to 37

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Luca inside the airlock
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Astronaut in a fishbowl

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ESA's Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano on his first spacewalk
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Luca, the orbital repair man

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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano
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Luca’s extraordinary afternoon walk

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Watch the spacewalk

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Second spacewalk ends early

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Space robotics
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Luca and the ultimate robots

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A window on the world
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Window on the world

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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano arrives at Space Station

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Expedition 36/37 crew
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Happy in quarantine

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Expedition 36/37 crew members
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Next destination: space

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Thumbs up from Expedition 36/37
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Thumbs up!

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Soyuz TMA-09M, Volare mission patch, 2013
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Mission patches

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After the mission

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The International Space Station seen from Space Shuttle Discovery
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Amateur radio on the Space Station

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UK students taking part in Mission-X
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Mission-X: Train Like an Astronaut

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Space Robotics competition

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Expedition 36/37 crew
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Crew biographies

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Return home

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Brigitte Godard
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Ground Support

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The Mediterranean Sea
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Technology demonstration

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Seedling growth in space in the light chamber
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Biology

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SOLAR
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Environment

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Highlighting how an oil/water emulsion behaves differently in weightlessness and in normal gravity
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Physics

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Andre and Robonaut onboard the ISS
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Human Research

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Columbus final installation
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Science overview

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ISS with ATV Johannes Kepler and Shuttle Endeavour docked
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Everyday life in space

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Night lights across Europe
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Getting to space

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Training to fly

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Luca tests his NASA spacesuit
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Luca Parmitano

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The Soyuz TMA-15 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:34 CEST on 27 May 2009
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Volare dates and facts

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Expedition 36/37 crew
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About Volare

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Luca Parmitano spacesuit test
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Astronaut Luca wants your questions

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Space food lasagne
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Luca’s lasagne

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Chance to meet ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano

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