Who is Samantha Cristoforetti, the first European female commander of the ISS?

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Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is about to officially become the first European woman to command the International Space Station (ISS). Cristoforetti, 45, takes over from Oleg Artemyev on Wednesday, becoming the fifth European commander of the ISS after Frank De Winne, Alexander Gerst, Luca Parmitano and Thomas Pesquet. Her tasks will be to maintain communication with the teams on Earth and to coordinate the crew’s response in the event of an emergency. She will also be responsible for the performance and wellbeing of the astronauts in orbit, according to the European Space Agency (E…

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