Astronaut Samantha on sharing the skies with debris


ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti spent 199 days on the International Space Station, during her record-breaking Futura mission. So what’s it like to share the skies with space debris? Did she see any signs of damage while she was up there? How often was the risk of debris on her mind?

In this interview with Operations Editor Rosa Jesse, Samantha tells all, as well as describing the rigorous training astronauts go through in case of debris impact and why it’s so important we address this issue to ensure the future of all space activities.

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  1. She's part of such a great class of ESA's astronauts in '09. Her and her fellow astronauts made a huge impact on rejuvenating the interest for space for so many Europeans. Grazie mille Sam!

  2. Excellent video. Very interesting, informative and worthwhile video. Interesting to hear of some countermeasures to the so-called Kessler Syndrome. A must see video for all space enthusiasts.

  3. It's scary to see every armed air forces in the world starting to officially take position in space (and called themselves space army) without any military consensus to protect orbits from future debris that war and mistakes will produce. Destruction of spy sattelites will lead one day or another in a new pollution that will be harder to compensate than mistakes we already did on earth, with mines, radiations, and remnants of wars, that ground ended to cover up for us. I hope some voices will be heard to protect space domain to the lowest artificial pollution possible. Orbits should not be treated as military air domain. Thanks to ESA and every scientifics in space that are trying to make our future brighter with knowledge.

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