Samantha Cristoforetti

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Samantha Cristoforetti
Samantha Cristoforetti portrait.jpg
ESA astronaut
Status Active
Born (1977-04-26) April 26, 1977 (age 37)
Milan, Italy
Other occupation
Italian Air Force
Rank Captain
Selection 2009 ESA Group

Samantha Cristoforetti (born April 26, 1977 in Milan, Italy) is the third woman astronaut in the European Space Agency, and the first Italian woman astronaut.[1] She is scheduled to be a part of Expedition 42/43 aboard the International Space Station.


Cristoforetti was born in Milan in 1977. She spent her childhood in Malè, in Val di Sole, Trentino, Italy. She studied in Bolzano and Trento and graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She studied at the École nationale supérieure de l'aéronautique et de l'espace in Toulouse, France, and at the Mendeleev Russian University of Chemistry and Technology in Moscow, Russia.

She also graduated in Aeronautics Sciences at the Italian Accademia Aeronautica in Pozzuoli, becoming one of the first women to be a lieutenant and fighter pilot in the Italian Air Force.

On July 3, 2012, the European Space Agency announced that Cristoforetti is set for a long-duration mission to the ISS in 2014.[2]


  1. ^ "New ESA astronauts announced". Avionews. May 20, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ "ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti set for Space Station in 2014". ESA website. July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 

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