On October 5, the crew of Crew-5 will replace the six-month expedition of the crew of Crew-4, who have been on the ISS since April 2022. Shortly after the arrival of the new crew, Samantha Cristoforetti and three of her colleagues will leave the orbital post and return to Earth on the Dragon spacecraft. Determined to enjoy an enviable view before returning to the surface, the Italian astronaut shared a fascinating night landscape taken from the station from an altitude of about 400 km above the Earth’s surface.
Good night from space! Flying from the North Atlantic over Europe & on to Northern Africa & the Middle East until the Indian Ocean. Spectacular views in this nearly cloudless night a few days ago. Always special to fly down the boot of #Italy! #MissionMinerva @esa @Space_Station pic.twitter.com/d76NK7KIEM
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) October 2, 2022
Stunning footage shows nighttime cities over the UK, France, the rest of Europe and ends with the Indian Ocean. Bright spots indicate large urban agglomerations — London, Paris, Rome and Naples — while flashes of light to the right of the image indicate storms occurring far below.
Samantha Cristoforetti, a persistent and active user of social networks, has been doing a useful thing all the time, sharing interesting information about life on the International Space Station with her half a million subscribers on TikTok and a million fans on Twitter. Her publications attracted users with their original approach to popularizing the space theme among ordinary citizens. Her posts over the past six months have included tips for those who want to become an astronaut, exploring the mysterious bright light on Earth, images of a lunar eclipse from space, as well as educational information about the resuscitation of astronauts.
While astronauts aboard the ISS spend most of their time working on scientific experiments in microgravity, they have time to relax and have fun, as evidenced by Cristoforetti’s interesting reproduction of a moment from the hit Hollywood space film “Gravity”.
Samantha’s space guard is coming to an end this week. We will look forward to her return to the ISS, when the astronaut will again delight us with interesting publications from space.
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