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Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut

Samantha Cristoforetti

Allen Lane £25 • HB

At the sight of the International Space Station (ISS) passing over us, you may wonder what it’s like to be up there, orbiting Earth every 93 minutes. You may even wave at the astronauts on board. After nearly 20 years since the first crew inhabited the ISS, the smallest details of living in space and the rigorous training the astronauts undertake continue to fascinate.

Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut opens with Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti hurtling back through Earth’s atmosphere in a Soyuz descent module, a dramatic account that wouldn’t go amiss in the opening scenes of a film.

We follow Cristoforetti through her application process,

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