Samantha Cristoforetti is all smiles on her return to Earth. I enjoyed following her activities during her stay aboard the ISS.
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed safely on 11 June 2015 in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft. They left the International Space Station at 10:20 GMT at the end of their six-month stay on the research complex.
Terry Virtz, Anton Shkaplerov, and Samantha Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews.
Copyright ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posted this aptly titled photograph on social media with the comment: “An aurora in the distance and the Space Station bathed in moonlight.”
In addition to being a valuable member of the Expedition 43 crew and the six-month Futura mission, Samantha can count photography among her many talents.
You can see more of her photos on Samantha’s Flickr page.
Follow Samantha at samanthacristoforetti.esa.int