AstroSam to develop into fifth European commander of ISS.
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will quickly develop into the primary European lady to command the Worldwide House Station (ISS), the European House Company (ESA) introduced on Wednesday.
Cristoforetti, popularly recognized in Italy as AstroSam, will take over from fellow Expedition 67 crew member Oleg Artemyev on 28 September in a handover ceremony to be broadcast dwell on ESA Net TV.
In her new function, Cristoforetti will develop into the fifth European commander of the ISS – following within the footsteps of fellow Italian Luca Parmitano – in addition to turning into the primary European lady to carry the place.
“I’m humbled by my appointment to the place of commander” – Cristoforetti stated – “and stay up for drawing on the expertise I’ve gained in house and on Earth to steer a really succesful workforce in orbit.”
The 45-year-old astronaut – Italy’s first lady in house – would be the third lady ISS commander on the planet after two People, Sunita Williams and Shannon Walker.
Cristoforetti, a former Italian Air Pressure pilot, holds the document for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut (199 days, 16 hours), and till June 2017 held the document for the longest single house flight by a girl.