The International Space Station (ISS) is 354 kilometers from the surface of the Earth, and from there, an astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA) has shared the first TikTok video to be uploaded from the ISS.
The ESA astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, was the one who shared a video of one minute and 27 seconds on her account of the popular social network. “Back on the International Space Station!”, he wrote in the post, adding the hashtag #MissionMinerva.
Cristoforetti is part of SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission and returned to the ISS on April 27. She, along with three other crew members, Commander Kjell Lindgren, Pilot Bob Hines and Mission Specialist Jessica Watkins, will be stationed on the International Space Station for six months and to celebrate her second spaceflight, has wanted to share his return on TikTok.
In the clip, the astronaut shows all the preparations for the launch of the Dragon spacecraft, the rocket that carried Crew-4 to the ISS. He also introduces his followers to the mission’s two 0-gravity indicators, a stuffed turtle named Zippy, as well as a monkey of the same material that she named Etta.
The following video is the first to be recorded by the ISS crew and shared on the social network from the Station. The ESA had previously shared TikTok videos, but never from the site.
What is the Minerva mission?
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti returned to the International Space Station for her second mission, Minerva, on April 27, 2022.
Cristoforetti was launched in a new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule called Freedom, along with her crewmates. During the flight to and from the Station, the astronaut will be a mission specialist.
On the ISS, he is the leader of the USOS (US Orbital Segment), responsible for all activities within the US orbital segment for the duration of his mission.
During his time on board, Cristoforetti will support numerous European and international experiments in orbit.