Real-life astronaut fulfills dream of playing fake astronaut on Star Trek

Samantha Cristoforetti to star in Star Trek: Axanar

Samantha Cristoforetti is a real life astronaut. She spent 199 days on the International Space Station which, by our calculations, is over 3,000 times around the globe. Then again, we’re no rocket scientists. We write about television for living. 


Samantha Cristoforetti is also a Star Trek fan. Like, dress up as Captain Janeway while onboard the ISS level fandom.


So, we wonder which thrilled her more: her first time reach near Earth orbit, or being cast in the fan-produced Star Trek: Axanar? 

A prequel to the original series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, Axanar is the result of a crowd funding campaign that raised $487,000. The film is expected to cost $1.32 million in total. For comparison, Star Trek Into Darkness had a budget of around $185 million, while the ISS has cost more than $100bn dollars to date.

A short prelude to Star Trek: Axanar, not featuring Cristoforetti, was released in 2014.

Cristoforetti became the first Italian woman in space last year (she boldly went where no Italian woman had gone before), is the first to brew espresso (a love she shares with Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager) and is a real astronaut.


James Tiberius Kirk was born March 2233 and was the first graduate of Star Fleet Academy to ace the Kobayashi Maru exam. He is fictional.