astronaut samantha cristoforetti upside down in a space station module in a white suit

This Orbiting Space Station Astronaut’s ‘2001’ Cosplay Started With Velcro And Thrift Stores (Video)

Only one thing was missing from the packing list of the first European space station commander: a thrift store suit.

Samantha Cristoforetti was bound for the International Space Station last April, with a special mission in her spare time: disguise (opens in a new tab) as the famous stewardess of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. (In the 1968 film, the unnamed character played by Edwina Carroll thumbs around a space station hatch until it is completely inverted (opens in a new tab) in the field of the camera.)

To replicate the attendant’s Pan-Am-style costume, Cristoforetti needed a full-length white costume topped with a snow-colored cap. “It’s not something I would buy for myself, normally,” Cristoforetti told Space.com during a post-flight press conference with fellow SpaceX Crew-4 members Thursday, October 20. . “But it seemed to fit that need perfectly.”

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti dressed up as a character from “2001: A Space Odyssey” on the International Space Station, in a video released October 7, 2022. (Image credit: ESA)

The movie’s perfect line was a demonstration of the teamwork Cristoforetti instilled during his brief command of space station activities, as well as his six-month Expedition 67/68 orbital mission, which ended on October 14.


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