This is the second stay in space for the 45-year-old Italian engineer and fighter pilot, who left for the ISS on April 27.
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One small step for her, one giant leap for Europe. Italian Samantha Cristoforetti made the first spacewalk by a European astronaut from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, July 22, according to images broadcast by NASA.
The spacewalk of this member of the astronaut corps of the European Space Agency (ESA), carried out at an altitude of more than 400 km, lasted six and a half hours in the company of the Russian cosmonaut and commander of the ISS Oleg Artemiev. Their mission includes several tasks concerning the Russian scientific module Nauka and particularly the new robotic arm ERA (European Robotic Arm). Launched into orbit in July 2021 after many delays, the ERA robotic arm was installed a few months ago outside the Russian module of the ISS.
This is the second time in space for Samantha Cristoforetti, a 45-year-old engineer and fighter pilot, who left for the ISS on April 27. She holds the record for the longest space stay there for a woman on a mission, with a stay of 199 days in orbit, in 2014 and 2015. This time she should assume command of the station there, another first for a European astronaut. .
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