Say Hello To Italy's First Female Astronaut

December 3, 2014 6:47 PM

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No Italian woman had ever flown in space until last Sunday, when ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a 37-year-old captain in the Italian Air Force, rocketed to the International Space Station last week, where she will remain until May 2015.

Smooth probably isn't the best word to describe a pre-launch press conference, during which Cristoforetti had to deflect a reporter's silly question about whether she planned to use cosmetics in space.

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