Samantha Cristoforetti (b. 1977) is an
astronaut working for the European Space Agency, the first Italian woman in
space. She also holds the record for the longest single space flight by a
woman, and for the longest uninterrupted space flight by any European
She is also a pilot
and an engineer, graduating from the Technical University of Munich. She is one
of the first women lieutenants and fighter pilots in the Italian Air Force.
Another claim to fame is being the first person to brew an espresso coffee in