Tuesday, July 7, 2015

IZ0UDF Sets New Record for Woman in Space

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, conducts an
ARISS contact from orbit. (ESA photo)

European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, has now spent more time in space than any other woman. 

The ARRL Letter reports that her stay aboard the International Space Station, which ended in June, lasted just short of 200 full days, surpassing the previous record of 194 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes set in 2007 by NASA Astronaut Suni Williams, KD5PLB. 

While on board the ISS, Cristoforetti made several ham radio contacts with school groups operating in the ARISS, or Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, program.