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'2001' cosplay of space station astronaut kicks off with thrift store

The first European space station commander’s list of items was missing one thing: the thrift store costume.

Samantha Cristoforetti was docked with the International Space Station on a special leisure mission last April: costume game (opens in new tab) As the famous flight attendant in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”. (Untitled character played by Edwina Carroll in the 1968 movie inches around a space station lid until it’s completely inverted (opens in new tab) in the view of the camera.)

To replicate the officer’s Pan-Am style costume, Cristoforetti needed a full-length white body topped with a snow-colored hat. “This is not something I would normally buy for myself,” Cristoforetti told at a post-flight press conference with other SpaceX Crew-4 members on Thursday, October 20. “But it seemed to fit perfectly for that need.”

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti cosplayed as a character from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” aboard the International Space Station in a video released October 7, 2022. (Image credit: ESA)

The picture-perfect movie replica was a demonstration of the teamwork Cristoforetti instilled during his brief command of space station operations with the six-month orbital Expedition 67/68 mission ending October 14.