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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Shares Amazing "Gravity" Cosplay In Space

Cristoforetti is a big sci-fi fan and she'll take command of the International Space Station this year.


Dr. Alfredo Carpineti

Senior Staff Writer & Space Correspondent

clockJun 22 2022, 15:09 UTC
Cristoforetti in her Sandra Bullock in Gravity Cosplay. Image Credit: ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti
Cristoforetti cosplaying Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Image Credit: ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has done it again. After her fantastic cosplay of Captain Katherine Janeway from Star Trek Voyager while on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015, she had now recreated a famous scene from 2013's Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock.

The astronaut tweeted the image on Sunday when she recreated the scene that has Bullock’s Dr Stone moving through the space station in a tank top, black shorts, and a watch in her hand, while a projection screen shows the same clip in the movie above.


"Hey, Dr. Stone! Quick question for you. How did you get your hair to stay put?” Cristoforetti joked in the tweet posted with the hashtag #AskingForAFriend.

Cristoforetti’s hair floating freely is one reminder that this is what microgravity is like, no matter what the magic of Hollywood might create in the studios.

The tweet had another astronaut tagged in it, Cristoforetti’s mission-mate Scott Kelly, revealing that the plan for this shot was a long time coming. Back in 2015, Kelly was watching Gravity on that screen and said Cristoforetti flew by after a workout at that exact moment, unwittingly recreating the scene. But Kelly was not quick enough to capture the situation on camera, so we missed that chance to see life imitating art.

The cosplay makes up for that situation, at least for Kelly, who thanked Cristoforetti for recreating the scene.

And if you missed Cristoforetti's Star Trek cosplay, here it is in all its glory.

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