Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, October 2004.
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American astronaut Mike Fincke after a landing in Kazakhstan on Saturday, 23 October 2004. Fincke and Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka returned to Earth after a 6-month stay on the International Space Station, leaving the orbital outpost in the hands of the Expedition 10 crew - NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao and Russian Cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Shargin, who launched on October 13 with Chiao and Sharipov, also returned with Fincke and Padalka.