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In pictures: The Olympic torch lands back on Earth

November 11, 2013

A torchbearer carrying his torch in Mirny, about 9,000 km northeast of Moscow during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on November 8, 2013. In October, Russian torchbearers have started history’s longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions. Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee / AFP Photo
A torchbearer carrying his torch in Mirny, about 9,000 km northeast of Moscow during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on November 8, 2013. In October, Russian torchbearers have started history’s longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions. Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee / AFP Photo
A torchbearer riding on horseback in Yakutsk, the capital of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, about 4,830 km east of Moscow during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay. Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee / AFP Photo
A torchbearer riding on horseback in Yakutsk, the capital of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, about 4,830 km east of Moscow during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay. Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee / AFP Photo
A torchbearer riding atop a deer sleigh, near Yakutsk, the capital of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, about 4,830 km east of Moscow during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay. Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee / AFP Photo
A torchbearer riding atop a deer sleigh, near Yakutsk, the capital of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, about 4,830 km east of Moscow during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay. Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee / AFP Photo
Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen Nyberg of the United States and Luca Parmitano of Italy, descends with a parachute before landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Shamil Zhumatov / AP Photo
Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen Nyberg of the United States and Luca Parmitano of Italy, descends with a parachute before landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Shamil Zhumatov / AP Photo
The Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew lands in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. A Soyuz capsule carried an International Space Station crew of three back to Earth on Monday along with an Olympic torch that was displayed in open space as part of Russia’s preparations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters
The Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew lands in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. A Soyuz capsule carried an International Space Station crew of three back to Earth on Monday along with an Olympic torch that was displayed in open space as part of Russia’s preparations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters
International Space Station (ISS) crew member Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano reacts after Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the ISS crew landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov / AP Photo
International Space Station (ISS) crew member Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano reacts after Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the ISS crew landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov / AP Photo
International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin holds the torch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games after landing near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov / AFP Photo
International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin holds the torch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games after landing near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan.   Shamil Zhumatov / AFP Photo
International Space Station (ISS) crew member American cosmonaut Karen Nyberg smiles as she rests after Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the ISS crew landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov / AP Photo
International Space Station (ISS) crew member American cosmonaut Karen Nyberg smiles as she rests after Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the ISS crew landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov / AP Photo
Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, depicting International Space Station (ISS) crew members, from left, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and U.S. astronaut Karen Nyberg, are placed before a news conference in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov / AP Photo
Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, depicting International Space Station (ISS) crew members, from left, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and U.S. astronaut Karen Nyberg, are placed before a news conference in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov / AP Photo