Watch live: Media Q&A with Samantha Cristoforetti

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Currently in quarantine in the USA prior to her release to the International Space Station, Samantha will be joined by ESA Director Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration David Parker, Minister for Technology and Digital Transition Vittorio Colao and President. the Italian Space Agency ASI Giorgio Saccoccia talks about his second missionary, Minerva.

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Samantha first flew to the International Space Station in 2014, where she spent about 200 days living and working in orbit for an ASI -supported mission called Futura.

Minerva will see her journey to space alongside NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines and Jessica Watkins aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

These astronauts joined the Crew-4 and named their aircraft Freedom.

Samantha Cristoforetti with her missionary partner Minerva

The expected start date for Crew-4 is no earlier than April 21, with a support date of April 23.

While on the field, Samantha will be the USOS leader, responsible for all operations in the US Orbital Segment for the duration of her mission. This section includes US, European, Japanese and Canadian modules as well as parts of the Space Station.

He will also support several European and global experiments in orbit and is expected to have a short hand with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer who is hovering over the orbital outpost for his mission, Cosmic Kiss.

To learn more about Samantha and her missionary Minerva, visit the missionary Minerva page.

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