Samantha Cristoforetti, ultimate fan girl!

  
This image of Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti wearing a Starfleet uniform whilst welcoming the Dragon vehicle to the International Space Station, seems to be available on every hailing frequency we open. And with good reason, it’s probably the greatest picture from space ever taken! 

First picture of the Earth taken from space? Meh! Rocking the Janeway look whilst orbiting the planet – legendary!

With a growing list of Astronauts citing Star Trek as their inspiration, it demonstrates what a powerful influence the utopian view of Trek has had on generations. Almost 50 years in to its reign and we are at last moving well past the ‘Trekkie in the basement’ image and seeing scientists, world leaders, activists and philanthropists, all crediting Star Trek as their inspiration

What we love most about this is that Samantha must have insisted this got packed for her trip. Imagine what items you have to pack; 7 pairs of socks, 7 pairs on underwear and ‘omg I HAVE to take my Janeway space suit’.

Well if Chris Hadfield had room to pack his guitar then it’s only fair.

To add to her Trek credentials she tweeted:

 

Uhh AstroSamantha, you’re a Trekkie Girl after our own heart!

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