Astronaut Koch returns to Earth, she sets the longest record for women in space

According to the NASA website, NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth on the 6th local time. Earlier, she spent nearly a year on the International Space Station, breaking the record for the longest single space flight by a female astronaut.

According to reports, on the 6th, after 328 days in space, Koch returned to Earth with Luka Palmitano of the European Space Agency and Alexander Skvorzov of the Russian Space Agency. At 9:12 GMT, Koch and others made a safe landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Koch made history in December 2019. She broke the record of 288 consecutive days of space flight set by NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2017, setting the longest record for a single space flight by a woman.

Koch’s long-term mission is to provide researchers with an observation of the effects of long-term spaceflight on women. NASA plans to send humans back to the moon and prepare humans to explore Mars in the future.

In order to accomplish these goals, Koch conducted 5248 orbits around the earth, with a total flight distance roughly equivalent to 291 round trips to the moon. In addition, she conducted six “spacewalks” in 11 months and spent 42 hours and 15 minutes outside the station.

It is reported that after the medical examination, several astronauts will return to their respective home countries. Koch will return to Houston, USA, on a NASA plane.

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