Blog of the Day: The First Italian Female Astronaut

Samantha Cristoforetti has been documenting her preparation for the flight in space for six years.

In 2009 Samantha Cristoforetti became the first Italian female astronaut chosen by the European Space Agency to be sent to the ISS.

After several years of training and tests she flew on the ISS for the first time in 2014 as a flight engineer. During that mission she broke a record of the length of stay in space for women – 199 days 16 hours and 42 minutes.

In all these years, from 2009 to 2014, she has published thousands of photographs describing the selection stage that she had to go through before she could go to the outer space, as well as the photographs made on board of the ISS on her blog on Flickr.


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