Samantha Cristoforetti Will Be the First European Woman to Command the ISS

Spacefacts

Samantha Cristoforetti is making history once again as she’s been chosen to command the orbital outpost

Spacefacts

The European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut launched to the ISS on April 27, 2022, where she has served as lead of the U.S. Orbital Segment.

Flickr

The TikTok-famous astronaut first travelled to space in 2014 where she spent 199 days on the ISS

Flickr

breaking the record for the longest mission in space by a woman at the time (that record was broken by Peggy Whitson in 2017, and then again by Christina Koch in 2019).

Flickr

breaking the record for the longest mission in space by a woman at the time (that record was broken by Peggy Whitson in 2017, and then again by Christina Koch in 2019).

Flickr

Her fans are loving it, with Cristoferetti’s videos racking up millions of views on TikTok.

Flickr

As the first European woman to fulfil the position of commander, she once again pushes forward boundaries for female representation in the space sector.”

Flickr