Italian Astronaut Reads The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on the International Space Station

On Fri­day, to help cel­e­brate Dan­te’s 750th birth­day, Col­in Mar­shall pre­sent­ed for you Saman­tha Cristo­fore­t­ti, Italy’s first female astro­naut, read­ing lines from The Divine Com­e­dy aboard the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion. Lit­tle did we know that, just a few days lat­er, we could serve up a new video of Cristo­fore­t­ti read­ing lines (this time in Eng­lish) from a much more mod­ern text — Dou­glas Adams’ The Hitch­hik­er’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979). The video was filmed as part of Tow­el Day, a cel­e­bra­tion held every May 25th, where fans across the uni­verse car­ry a tow­el in Adams’ hon­our. Above you can see Cristo­fore­t­ti, float­ing upside down, doing just that, and read­ing the sec­tion of the book that touch­es on tow­els, the “most mas­sive­ly use­ful thing an inter­stel­lar hitch hik­er can have.”


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