Christina Koch's record-setting spaceflight may help in the future

Eloise Marshall
February 15, 2020

The astronaut posted a video on Twitter of her reunion with her dog - and the pup was visibly excited about her return. The one who was there to greet her? "Glad she remembers me after a year", Koch tweeted.

The 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston had been living on the International Space Station since March, 2019, and broke the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman. She landed in Kazakhstan on February 6 with two colleagues aboard a Russian capsule.

"After 328 days in space, the first six days back on Earth were full of just as much wonder and excitement", she said to CNN.

A few months prior, Koch was part of the first-ever all-female space walk when she and fellow astronaut Jessica Meir spent more than seven hours fixing a faulty power controller outside of the ISS.

Koch, who left Earth in March past year, took part in the first all-female spacewalk in October with colleague Jessica Meir.

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Koch's time in space was history-making.

In the video, Koch's pup can be seen excitedly pawing at the door as she approaches. She was also looking forward to digging into some chips and salsa, and going swimming and surfing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Being in space for long periods of time can affect the human body in many different ways. Kevin Moffat, who specializes in human physiology in extreme environments, told Business Insider.

After being in space for almost a year, it was an emotional reunion between astronaut Christina Koch and her best friend. Koch adopted her from a humane society.

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