On June 11, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will leave the International Space Station and return to Earth.
Before she returns to her planet of origin, she will have set a record for female astronauts by spending the longest amount of time in space during one expedition. Cristoforetti also set a record for the European Space Agency as well, with the longest single flight by a male or female.
During her time on the ISS for Expeditions 42/43, Cristoforetti will have spent a grand total of 199 days, 16 hours, and 42-ish minutes in space (the exact timeline can't be exactly determined ahead of time).
The previous record for a female with the longest spaceflight was set in 2007 by NASA's Sunita Williams, who was in space for a total of 195 days, 17 hours, and 17 minutes.
The longest record ever will be a little harder to beat. It was set in 1995 by cosmonaut Valery Polyakov. Polyakov stayed in Russia's MIR space station for a grand total of 437 days, 17 hours, and 58 minutes.
Cristoforetti's record was set somewhat by accident, as the return trip was delayed because of a lost Russian freighter at the end of April.
In addition to making history, Cristoforetti also shared some of her favorite views of Earth from above.
[Image credit: NASA]