ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will lead the ISS, the international space station on the occasion of Expedition 68a which will be launched in 2022. She will be the first European woman to fill the role of commander of the space station. “Returning to the International Space Station to represent Europe is an honor in itself. I am honored to be appointed to the position of commander and look forward to using the experience I have gained in space and on earth to lead a team. very capable, “said Cristoforetti. “The appointment of Samantha Cristoforetti to the role of commander of the International Space Station is a source of inspiration for an entire generation asking to join the ESA astronaut corps. I can’t wait to meet the final candidates and I take an opportunity to once again encourage women to apply “, the words of the director general of ESA, Josef Aschbacher.