Christina Koch Sets Record By Becoming the Woman with Longest Spaceflight
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Christina Koch Sets Record By Becoming the Woman with Longest Spaceflight

Christina Koch, a United States astronaut, has set the world record for the longest spaceflight by a woman by spending almost nine months aboard the International Space Station. During the time, Koch had engaged in a variety of activities, including a number of spacewalks. By setting this new record, she had broken her own record, which was for staying for 288 days in the space. It should be noted that Christina Koch has not yet returned to Earth and that she would be spending another two months aboard the ISS.

Christina Koch is an electrical engineer who hails from Livingston, Montana. She has been a part of NASA for quite a few years and she had left the comfort of earth a few months back. The astronaut made her entry to the International Space Station on March 14 of 2019 and she is expected to stay there until February 2020. This is a special case for Koch, since normal ISS missions have a span of six months. This was extended in her case, as the de-boarding time is set sometime in February of 2020. Her time in ISS would be quite helpful in research.

Experiences from the 40-year-old engineer would be used to understand how long-term space travel impacts human body. It should be noted that Christina Koch has the record only as a woman, and that the record for staying in the space for the longest period of space is held by a Russian cosmonaut, who managed to spend 15 months in space before coming back to earth. The US record is held by Scott Kelley, for 340 days and Koch is expected to stay in space for 328 days, according to the current deals. During the time, however, Koch had also become a part of the all-female spacewalk.

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