ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti returned to the International Space Station for her second mission, Minerva, on 27 April 2022.
Samantha was launched in a new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule called Freedom alongside her Crew-4 crew mates, NASA astronauts Bob "Farmer" Hines, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins. During the flight to and from the Station, Samantha will be a mission specialist. On Station, she is USOS Lead, responsible for all activities within the US Orbital Segment for the duration of her mission. This segment includes the US, European, Japanese and Canadian modules and components of the Space Station.
During her time on board Samantha will support numerous European and international experiments in orbit.
Launch: 07:52 GMT/09:52 CEST Wednesday, 27 April 2022
Launch site: Launchpad 39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
Spacecraft: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Crew-4 crewmates: Commander Kjell Lindgren, Pilot Bob Hines, Mission Specialist Jessica Watkins