ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti prepares for return to Earth

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epa04789921 An undated handout photo provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 08 June 2015 of European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, of Italy, checking her Sokol pressure suit in preparation for the Expedition 43 crew’s departure from the International Space Station ISS after 6 1/2 months in space. Since 06 June 2015, Cristoforetti holds the record for the longest single spaceflight for a woman, a record previously held by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams with 195 days after Expedition 33. Cristoforetti also holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of an ESA astronaut, NASA said in its press release. Cristoforetti and fellow Expedition 43 crew members Terry Virts of NASA and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos are scheduled to return to Earth on 11 June 2015. EPA/ESA/NASA/HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: ESA/NASA HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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