Samantha Cristoforetti contains multitudes. The European Space Agency astronaut and current International Space Station resident has been, a hotshot and the . Now, in what may be Cristoforetti’s most unexpected cosplay yet, she’s a flight attendant.
On Friday, Cristoforetti tweeted a photo of herself floating in microgravity on the ISS while dressed as a Pan Am flight attendant from Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the movie, the flight attendant wears a white uniform with special Velcro “grip shoes” made to stick to the floor of the space plane.
Cristoforetti’s photo shows a scene from the movie projected across her torso. “I had to know… can you really walk in space with Velcro shoes?” the astronaut tweeted.
Crisotoforetti’s latest sci-fi tribute is a testament to her ability to engage the public in space exploration. It’s also a reminder of just how impressive Kubrick’s visual effects were for 2001, a movie that debuted in 1968.
The movie scene Cristoforetti featured in her photo is the one where the attendant walks up the side of a round wall. Kubrick achieved the effect by using a rotating set. The result is still stunning, even in this age of high-tech computer graphics.
Cristoforetti arrived for her latest ISS stay in April as part of the SpaceX Crew-4 mission. She’s due back on Earth later this month, but she’ll return as a space cosplay champion.