Six-month historical during PromISSe mission on the International Space Station, André Conducted over 50 scientific experiments in the world's only permanent microgravity laboratory.
Now that the orbital outpost is Fully Assembled, astronauts on the Space Station can devote more time to research.
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A medical doctor by training,Andre Conducted biophysics experiments offer insights Into That Could fighting osteoporosis, migraines and immune cell death. He Also Performed experiments in other domains Such As biology or looking at computer models of fluids Improving. Some experiments might serve to preparing for further exploration of space.
Welcome back Andre
In Addition To His scientific workload, André Carried out maintenance and 'operational tasks. Highlights included Receiving ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle Edoardo Amaldi by ferry and docking the first commercial spacecraft, Dragon.
Andre Has Been sharing the privilege of living in space with the World via social media. His photographs, blogs and tweets Have Been Followed Closely by millions worldwide for Bringing people closer spaceflight on Earth.
The crew will now fly to Houston, Texas, will undergo medical Where They checks Before meeting the media on Friday 6 July at 13:00 GMT (15:00 EST).
European media are welcome to follow the event and ask questions via a live video link at ESA's ESTEC center in Noordwijk science, the Nederland. Media can address André in English, Dutch and German.
The next ESA astronaut to board the Space Station is Parmitano Luca of Italy, who will fly on Soyuz TMA-09M in 2013 as member of Expedition 36/37.