Artist's artwork 'light travels'. Inspired by ©Samantha Cristoforetti original image
Flight Engineer Cristoforetti was born on April 26, 1977 in Milan, Italy. She grew up in the Alps, in the village of Male’, Trentino region, in Italy.
Cristoforetti's interests include hiking, diving, yoga, reading, traveling. Other interests include technology, nutrition, Chinese language, and science fiction: she is a huge Star Treck fan, and the world witnessed her wearing a Star Trek uniform while sipping her Isspresso in the Cupola, aboard the International Space Station.
When Cristoforetti isn't training in Canada, Europe, USA, Japan, and China she lives in Europe.
In 2017 Cristoforetti joins the first international training program organized in China which stems from the collaboration between CNSA and ESA with the goal of flying crews of taikonauts and astronauts to the Chinese Space Station .
At the European Space Agency (ESA), Cristoforetti currently cooperates in projects related to space exploration. Among them is ‘Spaceship EAC Program‘, a project that evaluates and simulates the conditions for robotic and human flights in cislunar space, in preparation for future Moon exploration and settlements.