Christina Koch aims for record for longest spaceflight by a woman

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Now she has her eye on a different record: the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

Normally, astronauts stay on the station for six months.

Koch shared her excitement about the extended mission on Twitter. “One month down. Ten to go. Today the possibility has become reality: My mission is planned to be extended through a third Expedition onboard @Space_Station! Privileged to contribute my best every single day of it.”

NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, arriving on the space station on July 20, will also enjoy an extended mission and return in spring 2020.

This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of the final results from NASA’s Twins Study, examining the effects of long-term spaceflight on humans. Kelly’s one-year mission in 2015 and 2016 provided invaluable insight about what the human body experiences in zero gravity. Last week, the agency said that more long-term missions would be planned to allow further study.

This helps NASA and its astronauts prepare for extended missions to the moon and, in the future, Mars.

“Astronauts demonstrate amazing resilience and adaptability in response to long duration spaceflight exposure,” said Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of the Human Research Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “This will enable successful exploration missions with healthy, performance-ready astronauts. NASA is looking to build on what we have learned with additional astronauts in space for more than 250 days. Christina’s extended mission will provide…



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