NASA astronaut sets record for longest female space flight

Date:2 January 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:, , ,

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.”

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.

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