Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, and Aki Hoshide, KE5DNI returned safely to Earth
after their mission of 127 days on the International Space Station (ISS). They were delivered to the steppes of Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz spacecraft Monday, November 19, 2012 at 0200Z (UTC)
During their space mission the three hams used the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) to contact 39 schools. This number of schools contacted places them in a tie with Expedition 15 for the fourth highest number of schools contacted by the ARISS. The largest number
of schools contacted was during Expedition 26 with 73 schools contacted using the ARISS.