It’s an amazing time for women in science both in and out of Earth as the first all-female spacewalk is underway. Because of this momentous occasion, a photo of a fellow female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, surfaced once again and went viral a second time.
|Photo Credit via Samantha Cristoforetti on Twitter|
As reported by Yahoo Lifestyle, in the picture that the European astronaut posted of herself in Star Trek costume over Twitter, she’s seen leaning her head playfully to the side and smiling with the Star Trek uniform in full view. She tweeted, “There’s coffee in that nebula ehm, I mean in that #Dragon,” a quote from Kathryn Janeway, the first female captain that was featured in Star Trek at the time. The actress who played her was Kate Mulgrew.
Cristoforetti channeled her inner Janeway for sure, and even after four years (since the photo was taken and posted in 2015), those who were just finding the photo were really loving it.
It certainly inspires many of us to look proudly on the mission of the astronaut pair Christina Koch and Jessica Meir as they “ventured outside the ISS to fix a faulty power controller on October 21.”
Though NASA has tried before to push through with an all-female spacewalk, the intended first spacewalk was canceled because of ill-fitting space suits. Now, that problem has been amended and Cristoforetti’s return into the online consciousness is yet more evidence that it truly is a momentous occasion.
There have already been 200 ISS spacewalks but, thus far, only 15 of these were made by women.
|Photo Credit via People|
According to People, a website offering the latest news about celebrities, royals, music, TV, and real people, Koch and Meir were part of NASA’s 2013 astronaut class. Of the two of them, Koch has gone on four spacewalks and this is Meir’s first time. In Koch’s NASA biography, she is recorded to be “on track to set the record for longest single spaceflight by a woman, with an expected total of 328 days in space.”