Christina Koch of NASA writes history again with the longest single space flight of a woman
On Saturday, Christina Koch officially broke the record for the longest single space flight by a woman after 289 days aboard the international space station.
The previous record was set by NASA’s Peggy Whitson in 2017, when she spent 288 days aboard the ISS.
“Five and a half years ago, [Peggy Whitson] took the time to attend my very first space walking training as a mentor, “Koch wrote in a post on Twitter on the occasion.
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NASA astronaut Christina Koch (photo) again wrote history. On December 28, she was 289 days in space and broke the record for the longest single space flight of a woman
“It is an honor to follow in its footsteps today. I can’t wait to pay the next explorers and see them fly higher. “
Whitson congratulated Koch on her own Twitter message: “Records were made to be broken … it’s a sign of progress!”
Koch marked the occasion by sharing two new photos of the ISS, from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, viewed from space both day and night.
When Koch returns to Earth in February 2020, she has spent more than 300 days in space.
During her stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Koch completed four space walks and made the news with her colleague and best friend, Jessica Meir, by participating in the first fully female space walk on October 12.
Christina Koch celebrated her new record by acknowledging the role that earlier record holder Peggy Whitson had played in her career.
Koch shared a photo on Twitter of her (left) in training with Peggy Whitson (far right)
Koch also shared a photo of Baltimore Inner Harbor as seen from the ISS to highlight its history performance
She also shared a photo of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, viewed from the ISS at night
Although 15 women took a space walk, they were accompanied by their male colleagues every time.
In a more than seven-hour mission outside the International Space Station, the women successfully completed their goal of repairing a broken power regulator that complemented the solar network.
“There are many people who derive motivation from inspiring stories of people who are like them, and I think it’s an important aspect of the story to tell,” Koch told a NASA briefing in Houston in October.
She plans to go outside twice in January, again with Meir, to complete the installation of new solar panel batteries for the station’s solar system.
During her stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Koch (right) completed four space walks and made the news with her colleague and best friend, Jessica Meir (left), by participating in the first fully female space walk October 12
When Koch returns to Earth on February 6, she has spent only 12 days shyly in space as retired astronaut Mark Kelly who spent a total of 438 days on the ISS
When Koch returns to Earth on February 6, she has spent only 12 days shyly in space as retired astronaut Mark Kelly who spent a total of 438 days on the ISS.
Whitson, however, still has the all-time American record with 665 days, but was completed over five different flights.
“It’s a huge honor,” Koch said in an interview with “CBS This morning. “
“Peggy is a heroine of mine who has also been kind enough to guide me through the years.”
‘You know … it’s not so many days you are here, but what you do with all those days. That reminds me to do my best every day. “
Koch holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering, is a veteran of multiple research tours in Antarctica and Greenland, and helped design instruments at the Goddard Space Flight Center for NASA science probes in orbit around the Earth and Jupiter, according to CBS News.
“It is a great time for human space travel because I think we finally recognize that it is not worth going unless we go together, that it is important not to reject any innovative idea, that everyone has a role and everyone has a place at the table as we move forward, “said Koch.