Out of this world! Roma legend Totti’s final shirt launched into space

Roma legend Francesco Totti's iconic number 10 shirt, which he wore for the final time on May 28th, has been launched into space, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.

Out of this world! Roma legend Totti's final shirt launched into space
Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

The 40-year-old played his final game after 24 years with the capital-city side in a 3-2 win against Genoa.

And as a tribute to 'immortalise' the forward a rocket carrying the number 10 shirt, from his final game, was successfully launched from French Guyana.

“Mission complete: on Tuesday night history was made as Francesco Totti's final shirt as a Roma player was successfully launched into space,” the club said.

The rocket was sent up by Avio “a worldwide leader in the field of space travel” with those who helped the launch pictured wearing purple-red Totti shirts.

Totti played 786 matches for Roma in total after joining as a schoolboy in 1989, scoring a club-record 307 goals, and won the 2006 World Cup with Italy.

The former attacking midfielder will now become a director of the Italian club.


How to stay clean while floating in space

Ever wondered how you wash, shampoo your hair or even clip your nails in space? All these questions are answered in a virtual tour of the International Space Station bathroom by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

How to stay clean while floating in space
Cristoforetti demonstrates how astronauts wash in the International Space Station bathroom. Photo: European Space Agency/YouTube

Italy's first female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who is coming to the end of a six-month mission on the International Space Station, has published a video explaining how astronauts maintain their personal hygiene in a weightless environment.

In the video, which was published on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) YouTube channel on Tuesday, the astronaut explains how to deal with challenges such as washing without running water, where to spit toothpaste and how to stop your nail clippings from flying around.

The 38-year-old also hit headlines in Italy on Sunday when she became the first to try an espresso in space, thanks to a pioneering coffee machine made to operate in the extreme conditions of space.

Samantha Cristoforetti on Sunday became the first astronaut to drink an espresso in space. Photo: Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Asi)

The capsule-based machine was created with the collaboration of Italian coffeemaker Lavazza, Argotec, an Italian engineering company that specializes in the design of aerospace systems and the Italian Space Agency (ISA).

The coffee machine, which takes its name from the International Space Station, is called ISSpresso and can also create a variety of hot drinks.

Cristoforetti, who is a military pilot from Milan, has spent almost six months on the International Space Station conducting various experiments and activities. She is due to return to Earth between May 13th-14th.