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Italy’s first female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has at the .

She was among the members in a Soyuz capsule which blasted off from Kazahkstan on , and joined the Russian female cosmonaut Yelena Serova who arrived at the space station in September. 

Ms Cristoforetti was a in the Italian Force and was selected as an astronaut in 2009.