Samantha Cristoforetti will return to space in 2022. This was confirmed by the president of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Giorgio Saccoccia, speaking of a new mission for the Italian astronaut on the International Space Station that AstroSamantha had already visited between November 2014 and June 2015 during the Futura mission.
Samantha Cristoforetti, the photos of the astronaut
This is the keeping of the promise to Cristoforetti, 43, who left the Air Force at the beginning of last year, made at the 2019 European Space Agency (ESA) ministerial conference in Seville. In addition, the ESA will make a call for new European astronauts. a ban aimed at creating reserves, ready to enter the astronaut corps as soon as possible, observed Saccoccia. In the ESA astronaut corps there are currently astronauts of Italian nationality, but I expect that the new selection will also offer Italian candidates the opportunity to join the reserve.
January 12, 2021 (change January 12, 2021 | 19:08)