Today I’m going to tell you the story of a truly extraordinary woman. An example of a force of nature, nice, determined, and humble for being so successful. She is Samantha Cristoforetti, an astronaut, an aviator, an engineer, and the first Italian woman to join the crew of the European Space Agency.
In silence, and behind the scenes, she worked hard. Focused on the desire she had since childhood. She was an ordinary person, unknown, and then suddenly she became a well-known person, first in Italy and then in the world.
Despite her success, she has maintained, and still maintains, a very low profile. She is serious and has remained very humble in her preparation for her career at the university and then later in her training.
She represents a story that teaches so much about life, work, and personal success. If you want to pursue a dream you have to emulate her.
After telling how she got rose, in every sense given that she is the commander of the International Space Station today, I will explain what she taught us.
Samantha was born on April 26, 1977, in Milan.
His parents, Fulvio and Domenica, are both doctors. He has three older sisters, Martina, Stefania, and Emanuela.
She graduated from Liceo Scientifico, in 1996, and as a child, she dreamed of going into space and becoming an astronaut.
She does this by watching the Space Shuttle departures and Star Trek episodes on TV. She was already daydreaming, a bit like so many children do. But she has put into practice what needs to be done to fulfill an incredible wish.
She attended the Technical University of Bavaria in Germany and graduated in 2001. She then got a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a specialization in aerospace propulsion and light structures.
She also briefly attended the National Higher School of Aeronautics and Space in Toulouse, France, where she worked on an experimental aerodynamic project.
She then flies to the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technologies in Moscow, Russia, where she studies and writes her dissertation on solid propellants in rockets.
In short, a little genius who wants to know space and much more related to that world. Indeed …
In 1995, she won a national physics and mathematics competition organized by the Italian Association for Astronomy and Astrophysics, which allowed her to visit the Galileo National Telescope in La Palma, in the Canary Islands.
Over the following years, she continued her studies, specializing in Aerospace Engineering at the National Higher School of Aeronautics and Space (SUPAERO) in France.
In 2003, she was selected for an internship at the European Space Research Center (ESA), in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
On that occasion, she meets future fellow astronauts who will also become her friends. After this great experience …
In 2006, she left ESA to join the Italian Air Force (AMI). In 2007, she became a pilot officer of the AMI and, in 2008, a military training pilot at the Air Force Academy in Pozzuoli.
In her career with the AMI she has flown on numerous aircraft: the AB-212 and NH90 helicopters, the C-130J Hercules and G222 transport aircraft, the MB339A jet trainer, and the special Alenia C-27J Spartan.
In December 2009, the Italian Space Agency (ASI) announced that Samantha would be one of the six members of the 2011 class of European astronauts, the first for a woman.
Thus began her adventure and preparation for take-off to space. The other five new astronauts are Andreas Mogensen (Denmark), Luca Parmitano (Italy), Alexander Gerst (Germany), Thomas Pesquet (France), and Tim Peake (UK).
On 14 July 2011, after months of hard training and preparation, the new class of European astronauts is officially presented. Samantha is ready for the big leap.
In June 2012, Samantha and Luca Parmitano participate in training in Greenland at the Summit base camp, at 3,200 meters above sea level: it is a test that will prepare them for the extreme conditions of the lunar environment.
On November 21, 2013, Samantha was launched into space aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M capsule from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
She is headed to the International Space Station (ISS) along with Russian astronauts Mikhail Tyurin and Koichi Wakata, who will replace her as commander of the ISS when she returns to Earth after a six-month mission.
The Soyuz TMA-11M is a “Taxi” type capsule that takes the three astronauts to the ISS, but does not return to Earth: after a short stay, the three will board the Soyuz TMA-10M for the return.
In August 2014, the US space shuttle SpaceX-4 provided the ISS with approximately 2 tons of material, including food and drink for Samantha and the other crew members.
On 25 September, the new Progress M-25M vehicle is launched from the Baikonur base, carrying other materials useful for the mission on board.
During her stay in space, Samantha carries out various experiments and research activities, also on behalf of ASI.
November 4, 2014, is a historic day: Samantha becomes the first Italian astronaut to perform an EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity), i.e. an activity outside the ISS.
Samantha successfully performs some maintenance work at the station, staying in space for nearly 6 hours.
On 9 June 2015, Samantha and the other crew members of the ISS witnessed the landing of the European probe Rosetta on comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, an unprecedented event in the history of astronomy.
The news arrived a few weeks ago that Samantha Cristoforetti is the new commander of the Station International Space (ISS).
She is the first European woman to have this role. The handover took place between the current commander, the Russian Oleg Artemyev, and the astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA).
“Thank you very much to Italy and to all the Italians who have always supported and followed me in this mission with affection”, said Cristoforetti.
“It is a privilege and an honor to represent Italy here in space. If I am here today it is thanks to the great commitment that our country has achieved and still achieves in the space field”, said AstroSamantha, which is a nickname she has on TikTok where she entertains her fans with hilarious videos while in space.
You have to stop dreaming. Yes, that’s right.
You keep in mind that a dream becomes an objective. That goal you must know that it is a concrete thing that must be achieved step by step. In silence, that is, without ever feeling you have arrived, are on top of the world, and without ever feeling like a nobody because you work your ass off stealing time from the rest of your life.
This is what Samantha did: one step at a time, always forward.
She worked hard, studied, and deepened her knowledge and master’s other courses. She put all her concentration on those intermediate goals and focused on those.
She never felt distant from the dream, but only a step closer.
This mental attitude must never leave you.
It’s not over here, you know? On the contrary. Now the best part of her life begins. She will not stop doing her job with passion and seriousness even though today she is famous and also an influencer.
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