European Parliament President Roberta Metsola held a live video call with the first European female Commander currently living on the International Space Station.
“From Strasbourg to Space!” Metsola’s page said, sharing the eye-opening conversation with Samantha Cristoforetti. “Had such a great time speaking with the brilliant astronaut – thank you for the inspiration Samantha – I hope to be able to welcome you to the European Parliament.”
Metsola speaks to Cristoforetti who is standing – possibly floating – in front of a flag of the European Union.
Cristoforetti, who is Italian, touches on a variety of topics, from daily life on the ISS, to key experiments and avoiding space debris.
“We have busy work days; we start at 7.30am in the morning, and like many people we have a morning meeting where we speak to control centres around the world” she explained.
“Though it looks like we are isolated her in space, we are actually very well connected with people all around the world.”
By 7.30pm in the evening, they’ve wrapped up their day – but not before two and a half hours of mandatory physical training.
“It can be a pretty intense workout to train our muscles and keep out bones strong… in space, because of the weightlessness, we can experience rapid osteoporosis if we don’t do this.”
The two leading European women touched upon other topics, such as staying connected to family while in space, with Metsola even asking some questions that her own family would be interested in.
After a closing discussion about the methods used by astronauts to avoid space debris, the two sent their goodbyes.
“Such an honour, madam president,” Cristoforetti ended.
“The honour is mine,” Metsola replied.
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