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The first Italian woman in Space in November 2014

31 Jul 2012, 12:42 UTC
The first Italian woman in Space in November 2014

The first "space" mission of an Italian woman is officially on the agenda. Just over a couple of years remain: Air Force Captain Samantha Cristoforetti, from Milan, born in 1977 and member of ESA's Astronaut Corps since 2009, will fly on a Soyuz from Baikonur (Kazakhstan) to the International Space Station at the end of November 2014 with the Expedition 42/43.The announcement was made this morning during a crowded press conference at the headquarters of the Italian Space Agency in Rome: "With Samantha - said the ASI president, Enrico Saggese – who will fly a year after the flight of Luca Parmitano, we surpass the French for the number of manned missions, becoming the second in Europe behind Russia"."The confirmation of the launch date for Samantha - said Saggese – is testimony to a very successful journey in which our country has managed to create a system and to raise international attention. I wish to point out with pride that there are four Italians at present in the ESA astronaut Corps".

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