Italian ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti poses within the Cupola module of the Worldwide Area Station with two 100-day patches to mark her 200th day in area. In 2022, she is going to return to her ‘residence away from residence’ for much more days in orbit.
Samantha first flew to the Worldwide Area Station on a Soyuz spacecraft in 2014 for a mission often known as ‘Futura’. Her second flight follows the second missions of her fellow 2009 astronaut classmates Alexander Gerst in 2018, Luca Parmitano in 2019 and Thomas Pesquet in 2021. It may additionally see a direct on-Station handover with Matthias Maurer who’s scheduled to fly his first mission to the Area Station later this 12 months. The spacecraft Samantha will fly on isn’t but confirmed, however may very well be a SpaceX Crew Dragon or Boeing CST-100 Starliner.
Throughout Futura, Samantha supported an in depth scientific programme of experiments in bodily science, biology and human physiology in addition to radiation analysis and expertise demonstrations.
She additionally oversaw the undocking of ESA’s fifth and last Automated Switch Car (ATV). This marked the tip of a profitable programme that paved the way in which for the European Service Modules at present being produced for NASA’s Orion spacecraft that may journey round and to the Moon.
Coaching for Samantha’s second mission is already underway and has included Worldwide Area Station refresher classes at ESA’s astronaut centre in Cologne, Germany, and NASA’s Johnson Area Heart in Houston, Texas.
Within the coming months, her schedule will intensify as she brushes up on Area Station methods and procedures and trains for the precise experiments and duties she is going to carry out in area.
Extra particulars of Samantha’s second mission had been introduced throughout a digital press briefing on Wednesday, three March, at 11:00 CET.
ESA can also be within the means of recruiting its subsequent class of astronauts. For extra on the upcoming choice go to esa.int/YourWayToSpace.