AstroSamantha, From Male to Space: Twice My Mom and Now She’s Back in Orbit – Chronicle

Trento. There was a lot in the field, especially among young people, this morning, in Mali, in Val de Sol, to follow the launch of the shuttle from Cape Canaveral that brought back today, April 27, Trentino astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti into space.

So, in these hours, he is traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) with three of his colleagues, on the SpaceX Freedom shuttle.

Between her previous assignment (2014-2015) and the current one, Samantha, romantically linked to Frenchman Lionel Vera, became a mother twice: in 2016 in Cologne (Germany), where the family lives, Kelsey was born Amal, while Dorian Leaf was born last year.

Samantha’s partner is flight engineer He works at the European Space Agency as an astronaut trainer at the space agency’s center in the German city.

Born in Milan on April 26, 1977, AstroSamantha grew up in Male, with a population of just over two thousand, and attended compulsory school.

From an early age, passionate about science and technology, Then he obtained a diploma from the Scientific Secondary School in Trento in 1996after attending three years of linguistic high school in Bolzano and one year of school in the United States with a cultural exchange programme.

In 2001, according to the official biography of the European Space Agency (ESA), he received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich, specializing in space propulsion and light structures.

As part of his university studies, he spent four months at the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace” in Toulouse, working on an aerodynamics pilot project.

He wrote his thesis on solid fuel for rockets During a ten-month research stay at Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology in Moscow, Russia.

As part of his training at the Flight Academy, in 2005 he received a degree in Aeronautics from Federico II University of Naples.

Also interested in the humanities, Samantha also loves to learn foreign languages His last challenge was the Chinese.

Sometimes he finds time for long walks, diving or yoga.

In 2001 Samantha joined the Italian Air Force.

She was accepted into the Air Force Academy as an official student, where she held the position of course commander for 4 years. In 2005 she was sent to the United States, where she attended the “European-NATO Jet Pilot Training Program” at Sheppard Air Force Base. In 2006, after receiving her military pilot’s license, she returned to Italy and was assigned to the 51st Wing of Astana (Treviso) on the AM-X aircraft.

Then Samantha was selected as an astronaut for the European Space Agency in May 2009.

In September of the same year she began basic training, which she completed in November 2010. She was then appointed as a reserve astronaut for the European Space Agency, and in this position, she obtained the first qualifications for extravehicular and robotic activities. In addition to certification as an engineer aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

In March 2012, she was assigned to Expedition 42/43 on the International Space Station Meanwhile, she was appointed as an engineer aboard the Soyuz TMA-15M.

On November 23, 2014, Samantha left for space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

She returned to Earth on June 11, 2015, after spending 200 days in space. The mission, called Futura, was the Italian Space Agency’s second long-term flight opportunity and the eighth for an astronaut from the European Space Agency.

At the end of post-mission activities, Samantha was assigned technical management tasks at the European Astronaut Center (Eac), including participating in technical committees for evaluating projects related to space exploration. For several years he led the “Spaceship Eac” initiative, a team of students working on the technological challenges of future lunar missions. For two years she worked as the ESA crews representative on the “Gateway” project, an outpost in lunar orbit, dealing specifically with crew systems and the habitability aspects of the I-Hab module provided by the European Space Agency.

Samantha was also part of a joint working group tasked with collaborating with Chinese counterparts To identify and implement cooperation activities. In 2017, he and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer participated in a survival at sea course organized by the ACC China Astronaut Center in the Yellow Sea. It was the first time that Chinese and non-Chinese astronauts trained together in China.

In 2019, Samantha served as the commander of the NEEMO23 mission (NASA Environmental Extreme Mission), during which he spent ten days at the world’s only underwater research station, Aquarius.

In July 2015, Samantha was awarded by the President of the Republic the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Pavia, Turin Polytechnic and Vrije Universitaet, Amsterdam.

She is a UNICEF ambassador and donates the proceeds from the sale of her book to UNICEF Diary of an intern astronautwhere he recounts his experience as an astronaut during selection, training, and the first flight into space.

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