Astro Sam comes home

June 10, 2015 • 11:30 am

UPDATE:  Sam’s last tw**t from space:

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After a delay in returning to Earth (one that Samantha Cristoforetti was delighted about), she’s coming home on Thursday. As the Daily Mirror reports, she’s set a record:

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has been on the International Space Station for almost 200 days, meaning she’s now spent longer in space (continuously) than any other female astronaut.

Cristoforetti has smashed the record of 195 days set by NASA’s Sunita Williams back in 2007. And, by the time she descends back to Earth inside the Soyuz spacecraft on Thursday (June 11), she’ll have spent a full five days more than Williams in space – bringing her total to exactly 200 days.

The achievement was only possible because of an unexpected delay to her mission after Russia’s Progress 59 resupply spacecraft failed to arrive at the orbiting laboratory.

Unless you’re a n00b, you’ll know she’s our Official Website Astronaut™, and we wish her CeilingCatSpeed on her voyage back to the pale blue dot. Here’s a tw**t showing her environmental consciousness (she’s mentioned global warming several times on her mission):

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Her tw**t from today:

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h/t: Jon, John

20 thoughts on “Astro Sam comes home

  1. She is a doll, a sweetheart, and a very intelligent, informative woman- I hope she arrives back safely, but she’s going to feel like an octopus out of the water once she gets back into our “gravity-well”! I wish the best for her.

    1. Doll and sweetheart kind of downplay her prowess, if you ask me. I think I’ll choose the following adjectives: Genius, heroic, formidable, brilliant, charming…

      1. Hopefully not objectifying someone with accomplishments like hers, but she does have a shockingly nice smile. It seems to radiate outwards from her like a halo… or maybe that’s the hair. Still makes me happy to see her so happy, silly primate that I am.

  2. That’s great and she’s great, but The Daily Mirror seems to be going a bit far by saying she “smashed” the previous record of 195 days. “Narrowly edged” might be a better descriptor.

    1. Subeditors do like a bit of melodrama.

      You never see “X disagrees with Y”; it’s always “X slams Y!”

      Drama, and fewer letters.

  3. Safe journeys, Astronaut Samantha!

    (Though I must admit that just looking at some of the photos induces twinges of motion sickness for me. Definitely don’t have the Right Vestibular Stuff here.)

    1. same here! they’d have to have lots of barf bags aboard. But then Darwin was seasick for most of his time on the Beagle.

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