Samantha Cristoforetti, walk like 2001 A Space Odyssey: spectacular show in orbit

Samantha Cristoforetti, walk like 2001 A Space Odyssey: spectacular show in orbit

It turns out that Samantha Cristoforetti will sooner or later be hired by Hollywood, perhaps soon after she joins the NASA Artemis program that will bring the crew back to the moon in the next few years.

After playing Star Trek characters on the international space station, the saga that influenced her attempt to become an astronaut (“A frighteningly improbable dream”, dixit) and hooking up with Sandra Bullock in a perfect impersonation, because in the movie Gravity, her hair was squashed miserably on the “orbiting” actress’s head. and not so gracefully drained as hers, now aiming for thirty too high, perhaps maximum.

This is Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, and 2001 A Space Odyssey, with co-author and author, the monumental Arthur C. Clarke’s novel of the same name.

In short, it’s not the cosplay scenarios to remember this time. in passing Events in Star Trek or Superman (the latter interpreted by Luca Parmitano on the ISS), but to rigorously and faithfully cite some of the most memorable moments in Kubrick’s film: grip shoesVelcro shoes to be fixed to the floor or ceiling before Pan Am’s Orion III rocket plane fly towards the rotating space station V (from Von Braun) and then the spacecraft departs for the Moon. Second, the scene reconstructed by the Italian astronaut.

Speaking of the feeling these images evoked 54 years ago, it can be recalled that the switchboard of the flight company Pan Am (Pan American Airways), which went bankrupt in 1991 and then launched some kind of huge United States flag campaign, was in a way disabled. From more than 90,000 phone calls to book trips in orbit on Orion III, but then only in Kubrick and Clarke’s (well-founded) imagination it’s skyrocketed.

Samantha Cristoforetti then wonders if it’s really possible to walk on a spaceship in Velcro shoes. And in the same tweet, the answer was given—positively—after wearing a very faithful replica of the uniform of the stewardess of the lunar spacecraft and copying the “circular” walk with impressive devotion to the scene. Along the walls of the ISS, as Burmese-Irish actress Edwina Carroll did in the movie. The overlap between film and reality is impressive. The voluminous “earrings” headdress of the space stewardesses in 1968 and Cristoforetti in 2022 really disturbs the turban.

Here, perhaps the only flaw is the soundtrack chosen for the opening of the video about the docking of a spacecraft to the ISS by the European Space Agency astronaut: instead of the flamboyant “Zoroastrian sprach” that also characterizes the film, perhaps Johann Strauss, who accompanies the hypnotic dance of orbiting spaceships in the film. It would have been more accurate for ‘s Blue Danube waltz and tweet to take over from Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

But that’s an acceptable poetic license for the thirty-something Minerva in this post, showing towards the end the enthusiasm of an actress who, in humorous and self-ironic veins, has the capacity to increase followers tremendously: she has over a million in her favourite. It garnered nearly 700,000 (over 5.5 million views) in just over five months, with tutorials on Twitter and TikTok showing the scientific activities conducted by astronauts to a very young crowd. hard to reach. This cinematic “walk” also fits with considerations of various laws of physics.

Ah, the Velcro fabric was not invented, as many believed, that made it not only famous for the space missions of the Apollo program: the idea is Swiss Georges de Mestral Developed in 1941, inspired by the berries of burdock, “balls” covered with small hooks that stubbornly stick to the clothes and fur of animals.


From a Space Odyssey in 1969 to the space station in 2022

Samantha Cristoforetti on the ISS and Sandra Bullock on Gravity

Edwina Carroll

Velcro shoes

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