Astronaut Logbook: A week in the life of an astronaut with Samantha Cristoforetti

Your Mission: Follow Samantha's routine at the ISS for one week and compare her daily tasks to yours. Observe your everyday routine and keep a record of it.

Day 3: Hobbies - What Samantha does in her free time…

Samantha’s day onboard the ISS usually starts at around 7am. During a typical day, she will need to tend to experiments and essential maintenance for around 10 hours, exercise for 2 hours, and participate in daily task meetings as well as weekly health checks.

Once all the work is done, she gets free time to relax before going to sleep and starting it all again the next day.
Check out Samantha’s video describing what she was doing in her free time once her work was complete on the ISS today:

Hello I’m European Space agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
I’m onboard the International Space Station right now and I am enjoying my favourite past time up here: looking out of the window at a marvellous planet Earth.
Did you know the station orbits Earth once every 90 minutes, an hour and a half, so 15 to 16 times every day.
Every time we fly around the Earth we have a sunrise and sunset and we can enjoy all the diverse views and landscapes, the different seasons, the mountains, the oceans, the deserts, the cities.
It’s just so beautiful!
Did you know when I’m on Earth, when I have a quiet moment, I like to read so I will find a quiet place and open up a book.
But when I’m up here strangely enough I don’t read much.
and I think that’s because I recognise I’m only in Space for a short amount of time and in the little free time I have I want to take advantage of this marvellous beauty.
And take pictures so I can share.
I like to find places of Earth where I’ve been, where I want to go, where I’ve read about, where I’ve heard about or maybe just where my family and friends and loved ones live.
So how about you?
What hobbies do you have and what hobbies do you think you would try out up here in Space?


  1. What is Samantha’s favourite hobby on the ISS? _______________________________________________________________
  2. What is Samantha’s favourite hobby on Earth? _______________________________________________________________
  3. What hobby would you suggest for Samantha to try when she is back on Earth, and why?____________________________________________________

Did you know?

Samantha Cristoforetti is the first person to make a Tik Tok in space!

Day 3: Hobbies - What I did in my free time today…

Having hobbies and doing something relaxing after school in your free time is a great way to stay happy and keep your mind healthy.
What hobbies do you take part in during your free time?
My Hobbies are...Why do I like doing this activity?
e.g., I read a bookI learn a lot from reading and find it very relaxing.

Exercise: What two items would you like to take with you to space to use in your free time, and why?

  1. _______________________________________________________________
  2. _______________________________________________________________

Did you know?

Samantha Cristoforetti likes to take pictures of the Earth from space. Here is one she took while the ISS was flying over Slovakia.

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