Samantha Christoforetti, an astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA), has put another feather to her crown by becoming the first person to use TikTok in space. For the unversed, Christoforetti landed at the International Space Station (ISS) on April 28.

She became the first TikToker from ‘the final frontier’ after she shared a video on her TikTok account.

ESA Astronaut: Cristoforetti Becomes the First Space Tiktoker

On May 5, she decided to share a TikTok video of the International Space Station’s zero-gravity indications.

The 88-second video, shared by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on Thursday, took viewers through life on the International Space Station. She also showed off the stuffed toys she carried with her on the six-month mission with SpaceX.

Cristoforetti had earlier shared several videos with all of them taken from the Earth.

Her viral ISS video has over 10 lakh views as of this writing. Cristoforetti also posted the video on Twitter, where it earned over 10,000 likes and over 1000 retweets.

Who is Samantha Cristoforetti?

Samantha Cristoforetti is an astronaut from Italy who serves for the European Space Agency. She was born on April 26, 1977.  She worked in the Italian Air Force before becoming an ESA astronaut.

Cristoforetti applied to the Air Force Academy as an officer candidate. She also spent four years as a class leader. She was then chosen as an astronaut for the European Space Agency (ESA) in May 2009.

In addition to the current SpaceX Crew-4 mission. Cristoforetti has been a member of NASA’s Expedition 42 and Expedition 43 missions, i

Throughout these space endeavours, she served as a flight engineer.

All About SpaceX Crew-4

The Crew Dragon’s fourth NASA Commercial Crew voyage, and its seventh overall crewed orbital flight, is SpaceX Crew-4. It comes after the commercial Axiom 1 mission to the International Space Station, which used SpaceX hardware earlier this month.

Along with Cristoforetti, the mission includes three American NASA astronauts: Kjell Lindgren, a 49-year-old, mission pilot Bob Hines, a 47-year-old, and mission specialist Jessica Watkins, a 33-year-old.

The crew dubbed the Crew Dragon spacecraft Freedom since it “celebrates a basic human right, as well as the industry and invention that flow from the unbound human spirit.” The B1067 booster was used here mission, making it the first Commercial Crew mission to employ one on its fourth flight.

Not the First Social Media Video To be Taken in Space

Even though the new video is a TikTok first, this isn’t the first social-media post from space. Several astronauts, including Cristoforetti, use Twitter to record their orbital adventures in real-time.

In May 2009, NASA astronaut Michael Massimino managed to write the first space tweet while on the STS-125 Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.


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