ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is sharing her world on the International Space Station with video tours of her experiments, the space toilet and bathroom as well as giving lessons about gravity.
Samantha’s mission is named ‘Futura’ to highlight the science and technology research she runs in weightlessness to help shape our future. She is flying as an ESA astronaut for Italy’s space agency ASI under a special agreement between ASI and NASA.
Samantha, Terry and Anton arrived at the Space Station when their Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft docked with the space laboratory at 02:49 GMT on 24 November 2014.
Since then they have seen five supply spacecraft arrive and leave, and worked on countless experiments.
As much time as possible is spent on science during their 40-hour working week. Samantha runs experiments from ASI and ESA, but takes part in even more from scientists all over the world. Many are continuations from previous expeditions – the longevity of the International Space Station is part of what makes it so special for scientists.