Astronaut Makes History  Space Station

with 1st Tiktok from NASA

The European Space Agency (ESA)

Astronaut posted a video to the social media platform from the International Space Station on Thursday (May 5), becoming the first-ever TikToker in the final frontier.

Or Perhaps

One of her associates posted it for her on Earth; either way, its in-space elements make it a first.

Cristoforetti Is

Part of SpaceX's Crew-4 mission, which arrived at the orbiting lab on April 27 for a six-month stay.

In The 88-Second TikTok Video

She takes viewers through Crew-4's launch, introducing them to the mission's two zero-g indicators, a plush turtle named Zippy and a stuffed monkey called Etta. 

Cristoforetti Says In The Video

"Etta is short for 'scimmietta', which is Italian for 'little monkey,' of course,"

And It's Not Just

Any little monkey; Etta was the first plush toy that Cristoforetti bought for her daughter, Kelsey.

Cristoforetti Also Says That Crew-4's

First few days aboard the station were very busy, as the astronauts sought to learn all they could from the soon-to-depart Crew-3 team.