Astronaut sets record for longest space mission ever performed by woman

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Astronaut Sets Record For Longest Space Mission Ever Performed By Woman
A new space mission record has been set, and it's for endurance.

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has become the titleholder for longest single space mission ever performed by a woman.

She bypassed the previous record on June 6, when her time at the International Space Station hit 194 days, 18 hours and just over two minutes.

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Astronaut sets record for longest space mission ever performed by woman
And a look from above into the eye of the cyclone! E uno sguardo dall'alto nell'occhio del ciclone. #Bansi http://t.co/1IKScsJekl
Finally I’m seeing some land! Got to the Cupola just in time to see the Eastern tip of South America! #Futura42 http://t.co/ChQc1eLdN1
Cloudy over tip of S.America, but hole in the cloud coverage allowed me to see the Falkland Islands(Islas Malvinas). http://t.co/zgyUTNhPnD
Sometimes we fly over cloud patterns like this… hypnotizing! #HelloEarth #CloudGazing http://t.co/boaAOrsHJ0
And sometimes reliefs like this emerge from a sea of clouds. Sculptures of condensation… #CloudGazing http://t.co/me6K6cH5us
And other times… well, I don’t know what to say… see for yourself! #CloudGazing http://t.co/ENvKhMEwPs
Wind and clouds in action on the Namibian coast! #HelloEarth #Futura42 http://t.co/XXramZCo75
Blue jewels in Argentina! Lago Argentino, Lago Viedma and Lago San Martin. #Futura42 http://t.co/x1nnqCo1sS
I feel we’re navigating on black sea sprinkled with stars and the Earth with its moving clouds is the sky #HelloEarth http://t.co/KJ7MOGcHjX
Remembering Nelson #Mandela. Space Station flew over Robben Island today, the site of his imprisonment. http://t.co/5DaNLLfzWa
Flying along the coast of #Tanzania just South of Zanzibar. #HelloEarth http://t.co/kqFkZm2BHM
And here come the island of Zanzibar and, on the coast, Dar Es Salaam #Tanzania #HelloEarth http://t.co/sADs7gsa1P
Stunning shades of blue in the Southern Lake Titicaca in #Bolivia and #Peru. #HelloEarth http://t.co/MpY1qUQle3
And a closer look at mountain Qhapiya. A National Cultural Heritage site of #Peru! http://t.co/dmQem4j9Ld
A storm seen from above – hello #Madagascar! (IT) Una tempesta vista dall'alto - ciao Madagascar! http://t.co/mxYghc202m
More #Madagascar – looks pretty arid on this portion of the coastline. #HelloEarth http://t.co/ddiXQMgwsn
And finally, some of the famous #Seychelles islands… I bet some of you are heading that way in a few weeks! http://t.co/qqyXzSXnmS
Buenos dias #Chile! If I’m not mistaken, this is your capital Santiago. Must have stunning view on the mountains! http://t.co/s3xIybDChI
Beautiful night pass over the Arabian peninsula. Do you know what city this might be? #Futura42 http://t.co/3ZmJ2p9ExK
Flying over #Patagonia and stealing a #space look at the estuary region of the Deseado River. #Argentina #HelloEarth http://t.co/FFKciAsuRE
And here's Cagliari by night. I have wonderful memories of my visits! http://t.co/abc8HJX1Ex
Forgot where I took this picture. Very distinct pretty lines of light - looks familiar to anyone? #HelpRequired http://t.co/nncuzzX3me
Who says that it rains all the time in #England? We've been having amazing clear views from up here! #HelloEarth http://t.co/bJgVzRiJMh
Can't get over my fascination with #clouds. How about these over South America? #Futura42 http://t.co/EMjeKwNJAn
Perfect harmony. The Baltic region, a splendid #aurora and a sky full of stars. #HelloEarth http://t.co/gYjVvdsjJ4
The wind paints with clouds over South America!/(IT) Il vento dipinge con le nuvole sul Sud America #HelloEarth http://t.co/9wpngTnli5
Some of the beautiful #Caribbean islands.. Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique. #HelloEarth http://t.co/Q7bHhNHzXg
And nearby by night... hello Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain! #HelloEarth http://t.co/1q4KJu7bG5
Fascinated by the almost Martian landscape as we flew over #Algeria to the Mediterrean. #HelloEarth #Futura42 http://t.co/pJqgkoDvvv
Finally a daylight pass over #Italy! Only Calabria, Puglia and Basilicata refuse to succumb to the clouds! http://t.co/D0jaNBxpxl
Can you spot the lake in the crater of volcano Cosiguina in #Nicaragua? #HelloEarth http://t.co/fzp8aj8KxQ
On a Niger river bend is Gao, once capital of Songhai Empire. Tomb of Askia in Gao is #UNESCO #Worldheritage #Mali. http://t.co/K6nZFlIQzj
Tannum Sands in Queensland, #Australia, as I peeked out of the window brushing my teeth last night. Beautiful place! http://t.co/xNZPPo6hw5
Simple colors colliding on planet Earth. Semplici colori che collidono sul pianeta Terra. #ColorsFromMyWindow http://t.co/HLqvoXzeWK
And colors flowing into shapes and textures. E colori che fluiscono in forme. #ColorsFromMyWindow http://t.co/gm1UAiny7M
And then this came into view. Amazing! Part of the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea. #Australia #HelloEarth http://t.co/uPRiy2x46i
Snow-capped Western Alps. Amazing how that little cloud can cast such a big shadow on the Po plane in #Italy! http://t.co/GaSaS4WxIH
Over Leptis Magna archeological site in #Libya, among most beautiful cities of Roman Empire! #UNESCO #WorldHeritage http://t.co/b7rQd75Cyv
Hello #Argentina and #Uruguay! You passed by as I was exercising friday. Was happy to take a short break! http://t.co/wsKO8CkThv
Sunglint lighting up the Golfo de Fonseca, shared by #Nicaragua, #Honduras and #ElSalvador. #HelloEarth http://t.co/TQBvT81KY7
Hello #Greece! How evocative... can't help seeing the heroes of so many epic tales and the Gods of so many myths. http://t.co/Drv2ikXUx2
Hello #Marocco! Spotted the medina of Marrakesh, a #UNESCO cultural #WorldHeritage. And a great sight from #space! http://t.co/q7MmCWjWXH
Good catch, everybody! Hello Montevideo, #Uruguay. (Buenos Aires will be for another day). http://t.co/Dz4qjEBmr7
These colors almost look too beautiful to be true. Colori quasi troppo belli per essere veri. #Bahamas #HelloEarth http://t.co/h6Tluuraeu
Mesmerizing colors of our planet. Hey, can you also "see" a person in there? #HelloEarth #Futura42 http://t.co/Ot58J6ZupC
On #Christmas day: the Alpine valley where I grew up. Il giorno di #Natale, la valle alpina dove sono cresciuta. http://t.co/o1rNL9B191
If Santa moved to Southern hemisphere, probably here. Se Babbo Natale si trasferisse all'emisfero sud... #Patagonia http://t.co/4FoSCgXWA3
Clear skies over Gargano in #Italy this morning. Cieli sereni sul Gargano stamattina! #HelloEarth http://t.co/OHrUbo690f
Hello #Senegal! The Saloum delta, a #UNESCO cultural #WorldHeritage site... and a stunning view from #space. http://t.co/ZOtczV72HN
And happy Saturday #Macedonia! Here's your capital Skopje from #space this morning. Buongiorno Skopje, Macedonia! http://t.co/pnZGrZ6vf2
I think you can tell where North is, right? #Canada today. Penso si capisca dove e' il nord in questa foto, no? http://t.co/xEkJgUDmUp
#NewYork NewYork! Can almost see the Statue of Liberty. Which is, by the way, #UNESCO #WorldHeritage! http://t.co/PWDWTunjSR
O'ahu island with the city of Honolulu, in the beautiful #Hawaii / L'isola di O'ahu con la città di Honolulu, Hawaii http://t.co/fOXPK8Ki2d
And hello from #space #Baltimore, hometown of my crewmate @AstroTerry. Hope you were smiling yesterday! http://t.co/DfWQJwlDbO
Part of the #Aral sea peaking through the clouds as we flew into #Kazakhstan! #HelloEarth http://t.co/CutNDg0mGi
Quebec City and the St. Lawrence river dressed for winter! The historic district is #WorldHeritage. #UNESCO #Canada http://t.co/xXPFDwq9qQ
#Brasil, North of Manaus. I'm curious, what are these patterns? #HelpRequired http://t.co/rnk2YfpJrf
This area saw some serious action about 350 million years ago! Gweni-Fada meteorite crater in #Chad. http://t.co/a79fDFhSfy
Hello cloud lovers! Here's a treat I spotted in Morocco. #cloudGazing http://t.co/tyG7slksJK
Shades of white. The Missouri river and Lake Sakakawea - looks chilly down there in #NorthDakota! #HelloEarth http://t.co/jPRjdfWps5
Hello Dominican Republic! Nested in the green is capital Santo Domingo, a #WorldHeritage site! #UNESCO http://t.co/Ak1ZqEQo2W
Beauty everywhere! Flying from the Mediterranean to the Caspian Sea, this appeared through the clouds. #HelloEarth http://t.co/TEMyD3Dzay
Hello #Azerbaijan and lively capital Baku, city of winds! The ancient walled city of Baku is #UNESCO #WorldHeritage. http://t.co/xZxSzPJ8Th
Hello #Budapest! That's where 2014 started for me. Great memories! Il 2014 e' iniziato qui per me. Bei ricordi! http://t.co/hkZPiZ9gzp
By now all the planet is in 2015! #HappyNewYear from #space Ormai in tutto il pianeta e' arrivato il 2015. #Buon2015 http://t.co/cng6yvs7KK
Yesterday morning, #Italy from Trentino to the Ligurian sea. Ieri mattina l'Italia dal Trentino al Mar LIgure. http://t.co/OoHZHFK0nR
Lonely in the Pacific, the famous Rapa Nui or Easter Island. This very unique place is #WorldHeritage. #UNESCO #Chile http://t.co/FggEydIgoi
From Munich (under clouds) to Bolzano via Innsbruck. All cities very dear to me where I have spent many years. http://t.co/OOvyx4d1vC
Hello #Sicily! Look what I found today in an unsorted folder. Ciao #Sicilia! Una foto ritrovata per caso! #Italy http://t.co/t5KgBK1wsD
Hello #Lisbon! Hieronymites Monastery & Tower of Belém at the harbor entrance are #UNESCO #WorldHeritage #Portugal http://t.co/t3fwtwtux2
The English Channel - La Manche on a cloudy winter day. #France #UK // Il Canale della Manica in un giorno di nuvolo. http://t.co/KURH4lKi2b
The characteristic red patterns of some Sahara regions. Always a mesmerizing sight. #ColorsOfTheEarth #HelloEarth http://t.co/jlepdsezOh
I'd say this is the Columbia river. What do you say, friends in #Washington state? #HelloEarth http://t.co/n3xXWMfBoK
Hello #Mauritania! Biodiversity of this marine zone makes Banc d'Aguin National Park a #Worldheritage site. #UNESCO http://t.co/kGPXbhgCz1
Looks like giant crack in the ice, but I think it's the border of Lake Khovsgol. What do you think? #Mongolia http://t.co/atXkMiOOmg
That special Caribbean blue always captivates me, on clear days through a whirlwind of clouds. http://t.co/RrBqhvp6nS
Here's a closer look to M. Etna. And hello #Catania! / Ecco l'Etna da più vicino. E un saluto a #Catania! #Italy http://t.co/Qgq3qMWP0q
By the salt lakes, can you see Edwards Air Force Base? Many astros were trained here, including @AstroTerry ! http://t.co/KQ8ZBcTDl6
On shores of Lake Ohrid, the town Ohrid in #Macedonia, one of the 1st founded in Europe. #UNESCO #WorldHeritage http://t.co/L4AsnqRQjQ
Some serious air traffic over the Appalachian Mountains in the #US! #HelloEarth http://t.co/yzus1kcOow
After a long journey through Europe and European capitals, the Danube finally arrives to the Black Sea. #HelloEarth http://t.co/nqfsfWQIMK
Hello #Greece! The Acropolis of Athens is a #UNESCO #WorldHeritage site. Haven't visited yet, it's way overdue! http://t.co/dvseJzKx4z
Great Salt Lake in Utah, US. Why the two colors, anyone knows?/ (IT)Qualcuno sa come mai è di due colori? #HelloEarth http://t.co/kjWNw21wJo
Hello #Venezuela and #Colombia! http://t.co/yDMnNMMnc7
Hello #Boston and Gulf of Maine! You make a beautiful sight from #space. #HelloEarth http://t.co/yF0QrcVIL2
Not sure why, but flying over the Strait of Gibraltar always brings a special emotion. #HelloEarth http://t.co/acQQAaGGcT
Hello #SanFrancisco! What a clear view of the Bay Area from #space, I think I can see the Golden Gate! http://t.co/eNr7pDItH6
In the mountains of #Kyrgyzstan. You can follow the river all the way to Baikonur! #HelloEarth http://t.co/X19cIf5D09
Quite some thunderstorms last night over Southern #Italy! / Un bel po' di lampi sopra il Sud #Italia l'altra notte! http://t.co/wxYhfBQAKS
The Namib Sand Sea - looks almost fluid from #space. #Namibia #HelloEarth http://t.co/D6gF74NJHg
Hello Stromboli ! This volcano in #Italy is never too quiet. Ciao Stromboli, mai troppo tranquillo! http://t.co/P22bOOdxNk
Hello #Mexico! The Southern tip of Baja California extending into the ocean. #HelloEarth http://t.co/SzdAJ14NBt
Hello beautiful Lecce! Can you spot the @ItalianAirForce airport of Galatina, where I trained years ago? #Italy http://t.co/18Hn33Fy7l
Hello #SanDiego! Thinking of a great visit a few years ago. http://t.co/6a1EbS0bHo
Two eyes looking back at me./ (IT) Due occhi che a loro volta mi guardano. #HelloEarth http://t.co/tKaUeiHnx4
If it was a painting, who do you think would have painted it? Happy #AustraliaDay! http://t.co/UmWD9oti3r
Hello #Australia & beautiful Shark Bay! Sea grass beds, sea cows and stomatolites in this #UNESCO #WorldHeritage site http://t.co/Odw0stQnDo
Sierra Nevada, true to its name. Hello #Yosemite National Park (great memories!) and Lake Tahoe (want to visit!) http://t.co/N6LfFcKggo
Hello #Sudan! This peculiar bend in the Nile has become a very familiar landmark from #space. #HelloEarth http://t.co/wQaFUXyw50
What do you think of this view of the #GranCanyon and Western United States? I was quite impressed. http://t.co/wN9A9Wwewt
May the memory of such a dark time in our past enlighten the future with wisdom and compassion. #RemembranceDay http://t.co/gM7zGKsumc
Hello #Venice from #space! I have flown in the area many times, but never quite as high. http://t.co/KeqdV2k7cx
The clear waters of the Yucatan peninsula in #Mexico. #HelloEarth http://t.co/2XSlExyjcq
Hello #Yemen and Sana'a! Inhabited for over 2500 years, the old city of Sana'a is a #UNESCO #WorldHeritage site. http://t.co/w0OnZIHnot
Hello #LosAngeles from #space! And a special hello to family and friends in Santa Monica and Pasadena. http://t.co/EehqDcAmOO
Hello #Algeria! The Kasbah of Algiers on the Mediterranean coast is a #WorldHeritage site. #UNESCO http://t.co/qUa8vo3qKD
Tonight a special thought to #Italy after an important day. Stasera un pensiero all'Italia dopo giorno importante! http://t.co/nzKF5e8O6h
A barren African landscape / (IT) Un brullo paesaggio Africano. #HelloEarth http://t.co/9F0gpqZUGC
Amazing... the sunglint makes the currents in sea visible. #HelloEarth http://t.co/jFUhWwLAXV
Pretty winter view close to Canada-US border. Any idea where it might be? Maybe Montana or Washington? #HelpRequired http://t.co/8qiVh5nkcT
The Gulf of St. Lawrence has become one of my favorite places. Look at these amazing cloud patterns! #Canada http://t.co/CasXSTdm4P
Hello Trento! That's where I went to school in my senior year. Good memories! #Italy http://t.co/5F9HH7eufZ
Australian coastline always offers stunning views! / (IT) La costa australiana è sempre spettacolare! #HelloEarth http://t.co/5mA4iU430i
Hello #Kenya! We passed over the Lake Turkana region, here's a view from #space! http://t.co/HIBhkDPnkG
Like a wound in the Earth, the Grand Canyon / (IT) Come un taglio nella Terra, il Gran Canyon. #HelloEarth http://t.co/KfTuMgHxWm
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The new record wasn't something she'd anticipated.

She was supposed to return weeks ago, but plans changed when the Russian cargo ship headed for the station malfunctioned and later launches were delayed.

Cristoforetti is expected to return to Earth on June 11, and by that time she will have spent a few hours shy of 200 days at the research facility.

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