Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman astronaut, has spent 200 days (199 days and 16 hours) in space, the longest single space flight by a woman.

Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti

She has another record: the first espresso coffee in space, but this is probably less important…

Her CV is impressive: she dedicated her entire life to pursue this career. As part of her preparation,  she studied in 5 different countries. In the process, Cristoforetti became a polyglot, fluent in Italian, English, German, French and Russian.

Samantha is the face of the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI). Yes, Italy has a spacial agency with an important programs and missions. Its motto?

The road to space through Italy

So, do you want to be an astronaut? Study Italian or…


Doctor Spock

… Vulcan 🙂

Live long and prosper!