With ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst due to return on 10 November after six months onboard the ISS, Samantha Cristoforetti is set to fly to the station for a long-duration mission on 24 November. She will launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, and is currently joined at Star City by three other ESA astronauts – whose first missions are scheduled for 2015 and 2016.
ESA astronauts training for ISS
Samantha Cristoforetti: Final preparations
Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA astronaut training in Houston
ESA astronauts training in Japan
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