Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

NASA astronaut Christina Koch dishes on record spaceflight

NASA astronaut Christina Koch dishes on record spaceflight

The American astronaut spent 328 days on the International Space Station and arrived back on terra firma on February 6, landing in Kazakhstan.

NASA astronaut Christina Koch posted a heartwarming video of her reunion with beloved pooch LBD - which stands for Little Brown Dog - after spending 11 months in space.

And while there wasn't much free time on board the ISS, Koch described the "multitude of emotions when you look back at Earth".

After spending nearly an entire year on the International Space Station, astronaut Christina Koch was finally reunited with her dog this week. She completed six spacewalks while on the International Space Station, including the first all-female spacewalk with astronaut Jessica Meir.

She spent almost a year working at the International Space Station.

There's nothing better than coming home to a pet who's overjoyed to see you after a long, hard day at work.

Koch, an electrical engineer, was part of the first-ever all-woman spacewalk along with fellow US astronaut Jessica Weir in 2019.

A camera captured the ecstatic canine wagging her tail and pawing at the glass door as she watched Koch approach from the outside.

As NASA gears up for the next generation of lunar missions and eventual Mars missions, studying how microgravity affects the body will be crucial as longer spaceflights could become the norm.

"She's from the Humane Society and she couldn't be sweeter", Koch told CBS News.

"I'm not sure who was more excited to see the other", Koch said. "I can not wait to feel and hear Earth again".

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