Before the end of her record-setting stint on the International Space Station, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took a number photos of each module of the ISS, which the European Space Agency has stitched together into an awesome interactive tour.
On June 11, Samantha Cristoforetti will return to Earth after two hundred days on the International Space Station. She’ll be setting a record for length of a single mission for ESA astronauts, Italian astronauts and all female astronauts.
Yesterday was Towel Day, a day for celebrating the works of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti apparently agrees with Adams about the supreme usefulness of a towel, and demonstrates how astronauts use them aboard the International Space Station.
This photo, taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, looks like a multi-colored starry night, but it’s actually the lights of fishing boats out at sea, distorted through cloud cover.
Demanding spacewalks and long hours of research in microgravity make astronauts aboard the International Space Station hungry. In this lovely video, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, explains a half dozen snacks she likes to eat during her breaks.
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti snapped this image of Typhoon Maysak from the International Space Station on Tuesday, March 31 — the day it was bumped up to "super typhoon" status. The storm has since weakened but thousands have been evacuated ahead of its landfall in the Philippines tomorrow.
Geotagging on the International Space Station? Almost! This interactive map collects and pins all of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's gorgeous orbital photos.
Pictured here: ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who will serve as a flight engineer on Expedition 42/43 aboard the ISS, practicing extravehicular activity (aka "EVA" aka repairs in spaaaaaace") in the Partial Gravity Simulator test area in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. What a…