NASA astronaut Christina Koch rang in the New Year with another groundbreaking first. After making history earlier in 2019 as part of the first all-female spacewalk, Koch has now broken the longest single spaceflight by a woman.
Koch marked 289 days in space on the 28 December, taking her one day over the previous record of 288 set by Peggy Whitson.
“Peggy is a heroine of mine who’s also been kind enough to mentor me through the years,” Koch said in an interview with CBS This Morning. “You know … it’s not so much how many days you’re up here, but what you do with each of those days. That reminds me to bring my best every single day.”
— Peggy Whitson (@AstroPeggy) December 28, 2019
Koch is only expected to return to Earth in February, taking her total record up to 328 days in space, just a few days short of the overall record held by a NASA astronaut in space. While on the International Space Station, Koch has already completed space-walks, undertaken various experiments and taken incredible photos from the unique vantage point.