This was announced by the ESA (European Space Agency). The astronaut: “I am honored.” AstroSamantha takes over from Russian Oleg Aetemyev.
The astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) will be soon commander of the International Space Station. To announce it was the same ESA. The Russian commander Oleg Artemyev will pass the baton to her and Cristoforetti will be there first European woman to have this role. “I am honored by my appointment to the position of commander and look forward to drawing on the experience I have gained in space and on Earth to lead a very capable team into orbit.” It is the first comment by Samantha Cristoforetti, entrusted to a note.
The handover, informs ESA, is scheduled for 28 September and the period in which Samantha Cristoforetti will be in command should be short, even if at the moment there are no elements to make estimates. To decide the role of commander of the Space Station are jointly all five ISS partners, namely the space agencies of the United States (NASA), Russia (Roscosmos), Europe (ESA), Japan (Jaxa) and Canada (CSA). Since the beginning of the Minerva mission, last April, Samantha Cristoforetti has been in command of the western segment of the ISS, called the United States Orbital Segment (Usos), which includes the American, European, Japanese and Canadian part of the Space Station. When she takes command of the entire ISS, including the Russian segment, AstroSamantha will become the fifth European astronaut to have this position and the second Italian, after Luca Parmitano. The other Europeans to have the lead were Frank De Winne, Alexander Gerst, and Thomas Pesquet. As commander of the Space Station, AstroSamantha will be responsible for the performance and well-being of the crew in orbit, will be responsible for communicating with the control center on Earth and will have to coordinate the crew in case of any emergency situation.
“The choice of Cristoforetti for the role of commander clearly demonstrates the faith and value that our international partners place in ESA astronauts,” commented the Director General of the European Space Agency Josef Aschbacher. “During his mission to Minerva he contributed greatly to the Station’s scientific and operational successes and I anticipate that it will continue to thrive under his command.”
Even the president of the Italian Space Agency Giorgio Saccoccia he sent a congratulatory message to the Italian astronaut: «Your appointment is a Source of particular pride for Italy and for Europe. As the first European woman to hold the position of commander of the International Space Station, Samantha will once again be a Source of inspiration for the younger generation »..
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