President Metsola congratulates Commander Samantha Cristoforetti in space 

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President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola congratulated today astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti as the first European woman to be the Commander of the International Space Station.

“Thank you for reminding us to reach for the stars Samantha! We are so proud of you”, said President Metsola.

President Metsola's video call from the European Parliament in Strasbourg with Samantha Cristoforetti at the International Space Station - a large spacecraft in orbit around Earth- will be broadcast tomorrow Thursday 15 September 2022, at 13.00 CEST.

It can be watched through the following channels:

  1. European Parliament's Multimedia Centre:
  2. Europe by Satellite +:
  3. President Metsola's Twitter account ( and Facebook pages ( and

Audiovisual material, including high-resolution photos, can be downloaded from the European Parliament's Multimedia Centre ( immediately after the video call.