It has been announced that Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy’s first female astronaut to go to space, will once again go to the International Space Station next year.
Cristoforetti, who first went into space in November 2014 for the European Space Agency’s mission named “Futura” (future), served on the International Space Station for 199 days and 16 hours.
Cristoforetti was the European astronaut who spent the most time in space at a time with this mission.
Cristoforetti will go to the International Space Station again in the spring of 2022, according to the statement made by the European Space Agency (ESA) today.
Speaking at the ESA’s press conference today, Samantha Cristoforetti said that she was honored to be going to the Space Station once again, which she described as “my second home” and said “This was my biggest desire.
Will stay in space for 6 months
It has been announced that Cristoforetti will go to the space mission in 2022 in a private commercial spacecraft and will stay in space for about 6 months.
In the 2014 mission, Cristoforetti went to the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft with astronauts from Russia and the USA.
Samantha Cristoforetti’s mission next year is to conduct experiments on human physiology and biology, as well as experiments on the use of 3D metal printers in space.
It is hoped that these experiments will also aid space studies involving the Moon and Mars.
Details of Cristoforetti’s new mission are expected to be announced later.
While explaining Cristoforetti’s new mission, ESA Managing Director Josef Aschbacher also touched on the new astronaut recruitment plans that ESA announced last month.
“Samantha sets a great example for anyone who wants to run for the recently announced ESA astronaut elections,” Aschbacher said.
The European Space Agency announced last month that they would buy a new astronaut for the first time in 11 years. Cristoforetti was among the astronauts selected for the 2008-2009 period in the Agency’s latest applications.
Cristoforetti, 43, was a pilot in the Italian Air Force before becoming Italy’s first female astronaut.