WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christina Koch, the NC State graduate turned record-breaking astronaut has just set another record. Koch just got back to planet Earth after spending 328 days in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), earning her the record for longest space flight by a woman. The President of the United States welcomed Koch back and congratulated her on the record run.
Welcome back to Earth, @Astro_Christina, and congratulations on breaking the female record for the longest stay in space! You’re inspiring young women and making the USA proud! Enjoyed speaking with you and @Astro_Jessica on the first all-female spacewalk IN HISTORY last year.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
Unfortunately, though, she didn’t land very close to home. The return trip from the ISS goes to Kazakhstan, not Cape Canaveral. That didn’t take away from the excitement, however, as she was all smiles when she exited her craft in central Asia.
Congratulations to Christina and the Pack for adding another achievement to North Carolina’s First in Flight legacy!