Samantha Cristoforetti

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Samantha Cristoforetti
Samantha Cristoforetti portrait.jpg
Born (1977-04-26) April 26, 1977 (age 44)
Milan, Italy
StatusActive
NationalityItalian
Space career
ASI/ESA Astronaut
Current occupation
Astronaut
RankCaptain, Italian Air Force
Time in space
199d 16h 42m
Selection2009 ESA Group
MissionsSoyuz TMA-15M (Expedition 42/43)
Mission insignia
Soyuz-TMA-15M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 42 Patch.svg ISS Expedition 43 Patch.png

Samantha Cristoforetti (born April 26, 1977) is an Italian European Space Agency astronaut, Italian Air Force pilot an engineer. She is the first Italian woman in space[1] and until 2017, held the record for the woman with most time spent in space with 199 days and 16 hours. This record is now held by Christina Koch.[2][3] Cristoforetti is also the first person in prepare an espresso in space.[4]

Biography[change | change source]

Cristoforetti was born in Milan in 1977. She spent her childhood in Malè, Val di Sole, Trentino, Italy.[5] When she was 18, she took a US foreign exchange program[6] and attended Space Camp.

On July 3, 2012, the European Space Agency assigned to Cristoforetti a long-duration mission to the ISS in 2014.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The first Italian woman in Space in November 2014". Italian Space Agency. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2015-11-11.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Meet Samantha Cristoforetti - record-breaking astronaut". Channel 4. 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  3. "Koch marks record stay in space for female astronaut". Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  4. "To boldly brew: Italian astronaut makes first espresso in space". The Guardian. 2015-05-04.
  5. "Expedition 42/43 Crew Interview Samantha Cristoforetti - Flight Engineer" (PDF). NASA. p. 1. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  6. "The next Hadfield? Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shares space mission with fans back on Earth". National Post. 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  7. ""ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti set for Space Station in 2014". ESA website. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2015-11-11.

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