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Samantha Cristoforetti

Perhaps if we looked at things from a cosmic perspective, we’d be more likely to forgive each other our pettiness, to help each other live peacefully during our brief time on Earth.

Forse guardando le cose da una scala cosmica saremmo più disposti a perdonarci a vicenda la nostra piccolezza, ad aiutarci l’un l’altro a vivere con serenità il nostro breve tempo sulla Terra.

Samantha Cristoforetti is an an ESA astronaut.


Born in Milan, Italy, in 1977, Samantha Cristoforetti graduated in 2001 from the Technische Universität Munich, Germany, with a master’s degree in aerospace engineering.

In 2001 she was accepted in the Italian Air Force Academy where she earned a bachelor degree in aeronautical science. She then attended the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base in the United States, where she earned her fighter pilot wings in 2006.

Samantha Cristoforetti was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. She joined ESA in September 2009 and completed her basic astronaut training in November 2010.

In March 2012 she was assigned to fly as flight engineer on the Soyuz TMA-15M, as part of the crew of Expedition 42/43 on the International Space Station, where she spent 200 days. Pending assignment to a second spaceflight, she is now involved as a crew representative in the development phase of the cislunar outpost “Gateway”.

  • Country: Italy
  • Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Social media: @AstroSamantha
  • References: Astronaut at ESA
  • Category: Science, research and innovation