Hello I’m European Space agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
I’m onboard the International Space Station right now and I am enjoying my favourite past time up here: looking out of the window at a marvellous planet Earth.
Did you know the station orbits Earth once every 90 minutes, an hour and a half, so 15 to 16 times every day.
Every time we fly around the Earth we have a sunrise and sunset and we can enjoy all the diverse views and landscapes, the different seasons, the mountains, the oceans, the deserts, the cities.
It’s just so beautiful!
Did you know when I’m on Earth, when I have a quiet moment, I like to read so I will find a quiet place and open up a book.
But when I’m up here strangely enough I don’t read much.
and I think that’s because I recognise I’m only in Space for a short amount of time and in the little free time I have I want to take advantage of this marvellous beauty.
And take pictures so I can share.
I like to find places of Earth where I’ve been, where I want to go, where I’ve read about, where I’ve heard about or maybe just where my family and friends and loved ones live.
So how about you?
What hobbies do you have and what hobbies do you think you would try out up here in Space?