I saw this last night – Christina Koch’s Record Breaking Time in Space – NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/media-invited-to-speak-with-record-breaking-nasa-astronaut-christina-koch.
Feb. 7, 2020MEDIA ADVISORY M20-021
Media invited to Speak with Record-Breaking NASA Astronaut Christina Koch
NASA astronaut Christina Koch will participate in a postflight news conference at 3:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 12, from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The 30-minute news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
This will be Koch’s first news conference after returning to Earth from a 328-day mission aboard the International Space Station, the longest spaceflight ever for a woman.
To attend the briefing in person, U.S. media must request credentials from the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than noon Wednesday, Feb. 12. To ask questions by phone, media must call the Johnson newsroom no later than 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Those following the briefing on social media may ask questions using #AskNASA.
Koch launched in March 2019 with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. She landed Feb. 6 with ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Luca Parmitano and cosmonaut Alexader Skvortskov. On her first flight into space, Koch participated in experiments that will provide researchers the opportunity to observe effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman. This will directly benefit the agency’s plans to land the first woman and next man on the Moon under the Artemis program and prepare for human exploration of Mars.
Koch’s mission spanned 5,248 orbits of the Earth – a journey of 139 million miles — roughly the equivalent of 291 round trips to the Moon. She conducted six spacewalks during her 11 months on orbit, including the first three all-woman spacewalks, spending 42 hours and 15 minutes outside the station. She also supported the arrivals and departures of more than a dozen Soyuz and cargo resupply spacecraft from the U.S., Japan, and Russia. Her mission was the second longest single spaceflight by a U.S. astronaut after retired astronaut Scott Kelly, placing her seventh on the list of American space travelers with the most time in space.
For links to videos, b-roll, images, and additional information about her mission, visit:
On a side note, I also saw this (note the dog did not go up in space, would be interesting to see how a dog would handle that long in space) – Astronaut’s dog goes bonkers when she returns home from year in space, video shows: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/article240294301.html. Thought it made a great Space Saturdays post.
Koch tweeted the video late Thursday, and it starts with the dog pawing at the door and whipping its tail when it sees her through a window.
Once the door is opened, the dog is unable to control its emotions, frantically shaking, yelping, hopping and licking Koch’s face.–snip–
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