Real Life Astronaut Cosplays as Captain Janeway in Anticipation of More Coffee

By April 18, 2015

Fans of “Star Trek: Voyager,” the last series in the franchise to run for seven seasons and having concluded in 2001, is notable for a few different reasons. The most obvious difference it has to the other shows is its female captain, Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew. People who watched “Voyager” for all seven seasons likely know all there is to know about Captain Janeway: her epic encounters with the Borg, her staring death in the face against the Krenim during the “Year of Hell,” along with her absolute love of coffee. One fan chose to pay tribute to that last trait of the heroic captain, but with a twist: she actually did it in space.

Italian astronaut Sam Cristoforetti is currently aboard the International Space Station in orbit around Earth, serving as the first Italian woman in space on a long duration mission aboard the station. She’s also a Star Trek fan, and knows enough about Janeway to pay tribute to one of her most well-known quotes.

On “Star Trek: Voyager’s” sixth episode in its first season, “The Cloud,” the crew is still acclimating to being cut off from the rest of the galaxy due to the events of the pilot episode, “Caretaker.” With energy reserves running low and her supply of genuine coffee exhausted, Janeway is dismayed about the prospect of being unable to have her satisfying morning cup. Then, the ship comes across a nebula in space that exhibits some unique properties. See the clip below:

Although not cut off from the rest of the galaxy, regular supply shipments to the ISS need to be made, and apparently coffee is one of those necessary elements that need to be restocked from time to time. To mark the occasion, Cristoforetti suited up in her “Voyager” uniform — with an ISS pin replacing the regular combadge — and pointed to the module launched by Space X that is shipping some new supplies to the station’s crew.

It’s pretty awesome seeing Star Trek being actively represented in real space, and hopefully, Sam Cristoforetti and her compatriots are enjoying a nice cup of coffee as we speak.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Johnson

    ISS has some of the best Selfies!!!!

    • Totally!

      • Liz K Clark

        Their feed is incredible. One of my favs on IG.

  • Willie

    it cant really be a cosplay if you live it can it?? lol

    • Good point!

      • Colt Howard

        She’s still cosplaying somone else though.

  • HalBDodgen

    yay for coffee!!!

  • lauras a bi$h

    haha loved this wish I could drink coffee in space!

  • Golden Heart

    Oh of course! Coffee is necessary to function

    • Chris Clow

      She and Janeway have that in common. 🙂

  • That’s Krayy

    this literally made my day

  • Thomas Leath

    That’s awesome. There’s no doubt it must get a little boring up there. Ha!

    • I would think that in that type of secluded environment creativity can be a very good friend.

  • JeffreyJ

    aweee (: they should have made a short about this

  • EmileeNherWeed

    at first I was super confused but then I read the article and NOW I understand! great story