Check Out How This Female Astronaut Made Space History

Get it, girl!

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.

Update: Cristoforetti, alongside crewmates Terry Virts of NASA and Anton Shkaplerov with Roscosmos landed back to Earth safely on Thursday, June 11.

[H/T: NBC News]

[Image credit: NASA]

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