LIVE Event ...After 329 days in Space, Christina Koch safely returns back to Earth (+VIDEO) - aksu360

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LIVE Event ...After 329 days in Space, Christina Koch safely returns back to Earth (+VIDEO)

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NASA Astronaut Christina Koch has returned to Earth after the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

Recall that Koch arrived on the International Space Station on March 14 2019 for her spaceflight mission. According to NASA, Koch's is the second-longest single spaceflight by any US astronaut.

In her historic trip to the station, Koch has orbited the Earth 5,248 times, conducted 6 space walks and spent a total of 42 hours and 15 minutes outside the station. 
Koch's extended mission will provide researchers the opportunity to observe effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman as the agency plans to return to the Moon under the Artemis program and prepare for human exploration of Mars

Since launching to the station in March of last year, Koch has conducted numerous science experiments aboard the ISS. Those include the study of how fire behaves in microgravity, as well as research into how protein crystals grow in space. Koch herself has also been the focus of experiments, helping NASA learn how the body changes during long stays in space. Koch has spent 328 days in space, just shy of the 340 days NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent on the ISS for his one-year mission. Data from both of their stays has helped NASA research how astronauts’ bodies might change during future long-duration missions to Mars.

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But perhaps Koch’s most memorable achievements were the three spacewalks she performed with fellow crew member (and best friend) Jessica Meir, marking the first time two women performed work outside of a spacecraft without any men suited up. 

Koch had originally been slated to perform the first all-female spacewalk back in March, but she wound up doing the operation with her male colleague due to limitations on space suit sizes. Ultimately, Koch and Meir got the chance to make history together in October and then again this January.

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