NASA celebrates record breaker Christina Koch with amazing ISS photo

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Christina Koch has spent 328 days living aboard the ISS and is due to return to Earth on February 6. The astronaut now holds the record for the longest single time spent on the orbiting laboratory by a woman.

Peggy Whitson, another NASA astronaut, holds the record for longest time spent on the ISS by a female totalling 665 days – although that was over the course of three years.

To celebrate her achievement, NASA shared an image of Ms Koch while performing a spacewalk.

The image shows Ms Koch with the ISS reflects in her visor, while she stands in front of a terrifying pitch black background of the cosmos.

The space agency said: “NASA astronaut Christina Koch is set to return to Earth on Thursday, Feb 6, after 328 days living and working aboard the International Space Station.

NASA celebrates record breaker Christina Koch with amazing ISS photo

NASA celebrates record breaker Christina Koch with amazing ISS photo (Image: NASA)

NASA celebrates record breaker Christina Koch with amazing ISS photo

Christina Koch as she prepared to leave Earth (Image: GETTY)

“Her mission is the longest single spaceflight by any woman, which is helping scientists gather data for future missions to the Moon and Mars.”

NASA stated it has gathered valuable data on astronaut’s health through Ms Koch’s work, which will undoubtedly pave the way to get astronauts back to the Moon and even to Mars.

The space agency added: “One particular research project Koch participated in is the Vertebral Strength investigation, which better defines the extent of spaceflight-induced bone and muscle degradation of the spine, and the associated risk for broken vertebrae.

“This timely endeavour is expected to provide insight into the development of future countermeasures, such as preventative medicine or exercise.

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NASA celebrates record breaker Christina Koch with amazing ISS photo

Christina Koch has spent 328 days living aboard the ISS and is due to return to Earth on February 6 (Image: GETTY)

“These results also could provide recommendations for limiting the amount of force astronauts are subjected to during launch.

“Koch’s most memorable experiments during her time on the station space included work on the Microgravity Crystals investigation, which crystallises a membrane protein that is integral to tumour growth and cancer survival.

“Although crystallisation of this protein has yielded unsatisfactory results on Earth, this investigation leverages extensive protein crystallisation work on the space station, significantly increasing the likelihood of successful crystal growth.

“Results may support the development of cancer treatments that target the protein more effectively and with fewer side effects.”

NASA celebrates record breaker Christina Koch with amazing ISS photo

NASA’s annual budget (Image: EXPRESS)

Ms Koch also set another record on the ISS when on Friday, October 19, 2019, she and Jessica Meir became the first women to complete an all-female space walk. The pair were tasked with replacing an ISS power controller that had failed.

After the first all-female spacewalk took place outside of the International Space Station (ISS) NASA chief administrator Jim Bridenstine praised the role women have had in the space agency’s achievements and said he believed the first humans to get to Mars could be women.

The pair were tasked with replacing an ISS power controller that had failed. After the historic mission Mr Bridenstine said: “We could very well see the first person on Mars be a woman.

“I think that could very well be a milestone. If my 11-year-old daughter has her way, we’ll have a woman on Mars in the not-too-distant future.”


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