Samantha Cristoforetti

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Samantha Cristoforetti
Samantha Cristoforetti
Country: Italy
Organization: ESA
selected on May 20, 2009
( EAC group )
Calls: 1 space flight
Begin: 23rd November 2014
Landing: June 11, 2015
Time in space: 199d 16h 43min
Space flights
Samantha Cristoforetti at the re: publica in Berlin (2012)

Samantha Cristoforetti (born April 26, 1977 in Milan ) is an Italian fighter pilot and astronaut .



Cristoforetti studied as part of the Erasmus exchange program at the Technical University of Munich , the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace in Toulouse and the Chemical-Technical Dmitri Mendeleev University of Russia in Moscow Engineering Sciences , which she in 2001 completed. In 2005, she completed a master's in aerospace and aerospace engineering at the University of Naples .

air force

Cristoforetti joined the Italian Air Force in 2001 and studied at the Accademia Aeronautica , which she graduated in 2005. She then trained as a fighter pilot at Sheppard Air Force Base . After graduating, she served from 2006 with the 51º Stormo Ferruccio Serafini squadron in Istrana and from 2008 with the 32º Stormo "Armando Boetto" in Amendola .

Space travel

Cristoforetti prevailed against more than 8,400 other applicants in the ESA selection process and was presented to the public on May 20, 2009 in Paris , as the only woman among six new astronauts in the European Astronaut Corps.

On July 3, 2012, ESA announced that Cristoforetti was starting a long-term stay on the ISS in 2014 . She flew to the International Space Station on November 23, 2014 with the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft and became a member of ISS expeditions 42 and 43 . On June 7, 2015, on her 195th mission day, she replaced the American Sunita Williams as the record holder for long-term flights by women in space. The landing took place on June 11, 2015.

On March 6, 2013, she was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic . In September 2019 she published the book The Long Journey. An astronaut's diary .


Cristoforetti's hobbies include mountaineering , diving , the Chinese language and caving . She speaks Italian (mother tongue), English, German, French and Russian.

In November 2016 she gave birth to a girl in Cologne . Your partner is a French astronaut trainer.

Like many astronauts, Samantha Cristoforetti is a radio amateur ; her amateur radio call sign is IZ0UDF.

Web links

Commons : Samantha Cristoforetti  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ TU Munich: Interview with the astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. In: November 11, 2014, accessed November 11, 2014 .
  2. ESA prepares for the next generation of human spaceflight and exploration by recruiting a new class of European astronauts. ESA, May 20, 2009, accessed March 30, 2013 .
  3. ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti set for Space Station in 2014. ESA, July 3, 2012, accessed on July 4, 2012 (English).
  4. Stay in space: Italian sets new long-term record
  5. ^ Dettaglio decorato
  6. Samantha Cristoforetti: The Long Journey. penguin (hardcover). In: Penguin Verlag . Retrieved September 11, 2019 .
  7. Samantha Cristoforetti gives birth to Kelsey Amal , ANSA. January 3, 2017. 
  8. Chi è Lionel Ferra? Il Fidanzato di Samantha Cristoforetti. In: January 3, 2017, accessed June 7, 2020 (Italian).
  9. IZ0UDF on
  10. Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, back from space. DARC , June 13, 2015, accessed July 20, 2015 .