Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA astronaut training in Houston


Samantha Cristoforetti from Italy joined ESA’s Astronaut Corps in 2009. An experienced fighter pilot and Captain in the Italian Air Force, she’s been proposed by the Italian Space Agency ASI to fly to the International Space Station later this year. After extensive international training she’ll be launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, becoming the eighth ESA astronaut to participate in a long-duration mission onboard the ISS.

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