Samantha Cristoforetti

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Samantha Cristoforetti
Born (1977-04-26) April 26, 1977 (age 46)
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

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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-10. 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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