Astronaut Christina Koch reunited with her dog after year in space

James Marshall
February 14, 2020

In totaling to her science experiments on the space station, Christina Koch overall mission would permit researchers to learn the impacts of long-duration spaceflight on a female astronaut.

The event marks Koch's first news conference since returning to Earth last Thursday.

The Michigan-born astronaut also revealed she was able to fulfill her cravings for tortilla chips and salsa when she came home to a kitchen stocked with her favorite foods.

Koch, who left Earth in March a year ago, took part in the first all-female spacewalk in October with colleague Jessica Meir. "Glad she remembers me after a year!"

NASA will send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, which is part of its Artemis program, and apply lessons learned there to send astronauts to Mars.

She shared the moment with her Twitter followers and said: "Not sure who was more excited". She revealed during the press conference that she was excited to see her dog, a rescue she calls LBD, or "Little Brown Dog".

The electrical engineer-turned astronaut said she counted herself lucky to not have suffered more serious ailments.

A United States astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission.

From previous research on astronauts, scientists know that microgravity affects our bodies in different ways.

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences created to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Kevin Moffat, who specializes in human physiology in extreme environments, told Business Insider.

Students from Southern California will have an opportunity this week to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. "I can not wait to feel and hear Earth again".

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