JOHANNESBURG - Italian air force captain Samantha Cristoforetti, 37 this week became the first Italian woman in space as well as the first person in space travel history to drink an Italian espresso in orbit.
eNCA has compiled a list of five historical space travel events that have made it possible for humans to not only conquer the outer limits but also take along a few delicacies.
5 – The first African in space
Mark Shuttleworth the founder of the Ubuntu project became the first African to visit space in April 2002 when he visited the International Space Station as the world’s second ever space tourist
4 – The first woman in space
Engineer Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman and civilian to fly into space after being selected from hundreds of applicants to pilot Vostok 6 in June 1963. Tereshkova was then also made an only honorary inductee into the Soviet Air Force.
3 – The first black astronaut in space
US Air Force Colonel, Engineer and NASA astronaut, Guion S. Bluford, became the first African American in space when he was part of space shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992.
2 The Saturn V first and largest manned vehicle to be launched into space.
American manned expendable rocket The Saturn V, in operation between 1966 and 1973 was the first rocket completely developed for human space exploration. It was launched 13 times without loss of crew or payload.
1 - Footsteps on the moon
American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon.
On the Moon Landing mission, Armstrong uttered the now famous words “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, before setting foot onto the moon’s surface. He along with fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, two explored on the surface of the moon for up to 3 hours.