Samantha Christoforetti has indeed been on a mission! A space mission. With more than half a million followers on Twitter AstroSamantha and Facebook friends and followers, she has given a virtual account and taken them along with her, sharing over 2, photos and describing her experiences including how to make and drink an espresso coffee in space! Samantha was born in Milan, Italy, 26 th April which means she spent her 38 th birthday in space! In she attended the Liceo Scientifico in Trento, Italy. Samantha then went on to graduate from Technische Universitat in Munich with a Masters Degree specialising in aerospace propulsion and lightweight structures.
Post a comment. Record-breaker spent almost days in space. Cristoforetti and her two fellow astronauts, the Russian Anton Shkaplerov and the American Terry Virts, left Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft on November 23, and returned on June 11, , having spent days and 16 hours in space — four days longer than the previous record for a female astronaut, held by the American NASA astronaut Sunita Williams. The mission was supposed to have ended a month earlier but had to be extended after a Russian supply freighter failed to reach the ISS. The extra time also allowed Cristoforetti to set a record for the longest time in space by a European astronaut of either gender.
To the Stars and Back: Why We Love Samantha Cristoforetti
Cristoforetti, who is Italy's first female astronaut, has graciously shared moments on social media from the years she spent training for the mission -- and said she hopes to stay connected to her , Twitter followers during her scheduled five-month stay in space. While Cristoforetti, 37, has yet to tweet about her new home, a video posted by the European Space Agency shows a beaming Cristoforetti and her fellow crew members being welcomed to their new home in low Earth orbit. Cristoforetti will spend the next five months controlling the International Space Station and handling many of the scientific experiments that are being run by astronauts for scientists back on Earth. The animals have been living in NASA's Rodent Research Facility where researchers are studying the long-term impact of weightlessness on their bodies.
Her days in orbit turned the first female Italian astronaut into a celebrity — and the model for a Barbie doll. Back on Earth, she says, it was hard to find authentic relationships. Those hands have been without gravity travelling at 28, kilometres an hour. Loved ones gave Cristoforetti trinkets to take to the space station, where she spent days between November and June People look at you in a different way.