Samantha Cristoforetti holds the record for the longest continuous mission by a European astronaut, but you might recognize her from another historical event.
She is the first person on board the International Space Station to make a TikTok video (ISS).
Who is Samantha Cristoforetti on TikTok?
Cristoforetti has become a social media celebrity, with millions of views on her videos.
Italy’s first female astronaut is assisting TikTok in reaching the last frontier on her second space mission.
Cristoforetti first went to orbit in 2014, spending 199 days on board the International Space Station (ISS), breaking the record for the longest mission in space by a woman at the time, which was later broken by Peggy Whitson in 2017 and Christina Koch in 2019.
In April 2022, a European Space Agency astronaut returned to Earth in front of a swelling throng.
On TikTok, one video dedicated to Douglas Adams, author of the landmark science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, has received over 17 million views.
Cristoforetti declares in the film that she is “a hoopy frood who always knows where her towel is” – a well-known remark among Hitchhikers fans – while showing viewers how a damp towel reacts in weightlessness.
Since her first trip into space, the Italian has been cracking these jokes. Nasa’s 42nd voyage to the International Space Station was her first trip.