Italian Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti returned to Earth recently, setting a record for the longest spaceflight by a female at 199 days, 16 hours and 42-odd minutes. Breaking the previous record set by NASA's Sunita Williams in 2007 (195 days, 17 hours and 17 minutes), Cristoferetti kept a video diary of her life in space the whole way. Now that she's back on Earth, she's compiled some of her experiences into a short but amazing video.
In the nearly three-minute video, which starts out with a nice little rhyme for the wide-eyed youth, she shows what it's like to eat, bathe, sleep and generally live in an environment with zero gravity. Sporting a space-chic floppy hairdo, Cristoferetti seems pretty chipper throughout the video, animatedly demonstrating the intricacies of navigating everyday activities as simple as clipping her nails.
During her stay on the International Space Station, Cristoferetti spent much of her time conducting scientific research relating to genetics and biology, monitoring ants, fruit flies, plants and worms on the station to understand more about the effects of spaceflight over multiple generations.