The seasoned space traveler just returned to Earth alongside fellow scientists Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency. Adding on to her celestial milestone, Koch also participated in the "first ever-all female spacewalk", alongside fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir.
"Koch's prolonged mission will present researchers the chance to watch results of long-duration spaceflight on a girl because the company plans to return to the Moon underneath the Artemis program and put together for human exploration of Mars", NASA stated in an announcement, per CNN.
Koch, a 41-year-old Michigan-born engineer, beat the previous record for a single spaceflight by a woman, 289 days, held by NASA veteran Peggy Whitson, on December 28, 2019. On her last day on the orbital laboratory, Mrs Koch tweeted a lovely picture of the round Earth to her more than 187,900 Twitter followers. Koch returned to Earth at 9.12 am worldwide time.
Parmitano was Expedition 61's Commander, one of the three expeditions Koch was part of. Her research during the mission included growing protein crystals for potential use as treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinsons.More news: Health officials trace British patient travels in outbreak
The spacewalk was initially postponed because the space station did not have two suits of the right size, leading to allegations of sexism.
Women and men are known to adapt to space differently in some ways, though the reasons are not fully understood, Dr Varsha Jain, a space gynaecologist based at Edinburgh university but now working with Nasa, told the BBC a year ago. Whitson still holds the record for the longest time in space for a woman over her entire career: 589 days.
USA astronaut Christina Koch has returned to Earth after 328 days in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to NASA astronaut Christina Koch, it brought Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov back the International Space Station.More news: Mini-Merkel stands down following far-Right debacle
Koch grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Koch lived in Montana with her husband, Robert, and wasselected by NASA to become an astronaut in 2013.
The coach left Earth on March 14 final yr.
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