TUM hosts ESA Astronaut and TUM alumna Samantha Cristoforetti
The Futura mission: 200 days in space
Samantha Cristoforetti took off for the ISS in November 2014 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and remained in space for a total of 199 days and 17 hours. With that, the native of Italy holds the record for long-duration spaceflight by a woman.
She will talk about her experiences on Thursday, June 2, at 17:00 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in lecture hall MW 1801. Cristoforetti herself studied aerospace engineering there from 1996 to 2001. She was a member of the student group WARR and active in the student council.
Further studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse and at the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology in Moscow followed the completion of her engineering diploma at TUM, so that in addition to her native tongue, Italian, she also speaks fluent German, English, and French and has good proficiency in Russian. In 2005 she completed her training as a pilot in the Italian air force.
Admission to the event is free within the framework of the forum Munich Aerospace. After the talk, members of the audience will be able to ask the astronaut their own questions.
For all who cannot attend the event, a live stream will be available at www.tum.de/news an on our Facebook page.
Videos and Reports from ESA (European Space Agency):
- Video (5'25 min.): SOYUZ TMA-15M Landing – Highlights
- Report from the European Space Agency (ESA)
- ESA-Video and article: Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained
More Information from and about Samantha Cristoforetti
- "Outpost 42 - Earthlings' Guide to the Galaxy"
- ESA-Profile of Samantha Cristoforetti
- Astronaut Class of 2009 (ESA-Blog)
- Samantha Cristoforetti on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr