Pick of the Day : Christina Koch to Set Record at NASA

D's Art Takes_Art Blog_Pick of the Day_by Divvya Nirula

In today’s Pick of the Day, for D’s Art Takes, I Divvya Nirula present my take on – “Christina Koch to Set Record at NASA” – for the longest space flight by a woman by spending 328 days in space.

Christina Koch

Christina is an engineer and  NASA astronaut of the class of 2013.  She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

She did further studies while working for the Goddard Space Flight Center. Just before joining NASA, she worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as Station Chief for American Samoa. On March 14, 2019, she propelled to the International Space Station, as a Flight Engineer on Expedition 59, 60 and 61.

The Record

Christina Koch will soon hold the record for the longest space flight by a woman. This means that she is on her way to become the first woman to spend the maximum amount of time aboard the International Space Station (ISS). According to the current mission, she will spend a nearly 11 months (328 days) in space and set a record.  She is falling short of the overall American record by Scott Kelly. He stayed in the space for a total of 340 days in 2015-16.

The Mission

“NASA is looking to build on what we have learned with additional astronauts in space for more than 250 days,” Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of the Human Research Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a written statement. “Christina’s extended mission will provide additional data for NASA’s Human Research Program and continue to support future missions to the moon and Mars.”

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